More and more, as he grew older, he avoided every action on his part, and on the part of his family, that might tend to keep his name and writings
before the public.
After the first six months or so I had taken Miss Donny's advice in reference to the propriety of writing
He did not write under his own name, but under that of Isaac Bickerstaff, a name which Swift had made use of in writing
one of his satires.
Whimsicalness and a contemptuous sort of humor were as characteristic of him as biting sarcasm, and his conduct and writings
often veered rapidly from the one to the other in a way puzzling to one who does not understand him.
The Republic of Plato is also the first treatise upon education, of which the writings
of Milton and Locke, Rousseau, Jean Paul, and Goethe are the legitimate descendants.
I had just finished writing
"The End of the Tether" and was casting about for some subject which could be developed in a shorter form than the tales in the volume of "Youth" when the instance of a steamship full of returning coolies from Singapore to some port in northern China occurred to my recollection.
My exertions in training Miss Vanstone for the coming experiment have been varied by the writing
of two anonymous letters in that young lady's interests.
Lofting shows there must be, one feels, something in his writing
But in writing
this book I found myself sadly hampered by the impossibility of drawing such diagrams as were necessary for my purpose; for of course, in our country of Flatland, there are no tablets but Lines, and no diagrams but Lines, all in one straight Line and only distinguishable by difference of size and brightness; so that, when I had finished my treatise (which I entitled, "Through Flatland to Thoughtland") I could not feel certain that many would understand my meaning.
Besides, I shall perhaps obtain actual relief from writing
When Machiavelli was writing
'The Prince' it would have been clearly impossible to mention Ferdinand's name here without giving offence.
MY DEAREST BARBARA ALEXIEVNA--I had supposed that you meant to describe our doings of the other day in verse; yet from you there has arrived only a single sheet of writing