Mirror of Literature,  8 (1826), 296–98.




Extract, Miscellaneous, Drollery

Publications extracted:

London Magazine

[2] An Ambitious Man


Machinery, Astronomy, Superstition, Exploration, Navigation

    The ambitious man 'is one that flies in a machine, and the engines that bear him are pride and avarice. [...] He rises, like a meteor, from corruption and rottennness, and, when he is at his height, shines and dispenses plagues and diseases on those that are beneath him. [...] He is like the north pole to his friends, the nearer they are to him, the higher he is above them; and when they steer by him, unless they perfectly understand their variation from him, they are sure to find themselves mistaken' (297).

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