Lamb, like Wordsworth, still kept the charm of a serenity,  a precision, unsurpassed by the quietest essayist of the preceding age.
Dobson's own original work are a sufficient guarantee of the taste and discrimination we may look for in a collection like this, in which the random lightnings of the first of the essayists are grouped under certain heads--"Character Sketches," "Tales and Incidents," "Manners and Fashions," and the like--so as to diminish, for the general reader, the scattered effect of short essays on a hundred various subjects, and give a connected, book-like character to the specimens.
There is no one in Russian literature now, from schoolboy essayist
to learned historian, who does not throw his little stone at Alexander for things he did wrong at this period of his reign.
So our great essayist was laid to rest, but it was not until many years had come and gone that a statue in his honor was placed in the Poets' Corner.
For Addison is among the greatest of our essayists. But although these essays were often meant to teach something, neither Steele nor Addison are always trying to be moral or enforce a lesson.
"I wonder why these young things always choose subjects that would tax the powers of a great essayist
!" thought Miss Maxwell, as she tried to sleep.
So all that is said of the wise man by Stoic or Oriental or modern essayist
, describes to each reader his own idea, describes his unattained but attainable self.
I tried other essayists
, other critics, whom the machinist had in his library, but it was useless; neither Sidney Smith nor Thomas Carlyle could console me; I sighed for more Macaulay and evermore Macaulay.
Our young men shirked their duty, our philosophers and essayists
A number of eminent poets and essayists
, in the course of the last few centuries, have recorded, in their several ways, their opinion that one can have too much of a good thing.
In the iconographic truisms of black representation, Ligon questions the "truth." And, according to catalogue essayist
Wayne Koestenbaum, "The good may be approached only through the sacrilegious vocabulary of the out-of-bounds."
By his own admission, O'Brien is a "standup essayist
," so we always get the hook.