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