The death of Dr. Hudson is a loss to the republick of letters. William KingLetter. Jan. 7, 1719. Same phrase occurs in the Spectator. Commonwealth of letters is used by AddisonSpectator. No. 529. Nov. 6, 1712.
There is first the literature of knowledge, and secondly, the literature of power. The function of the first isto teach; the function of the second isto move, the first is a rudder, the second an oar or a sail. The first speaks to the mere discursive understanding; the second speaks ultimately, it may happen, to the higher understanding or reason, but always through affections of pleasure and sympathy. Thomas De QuinceyEssays on the Poets. Alexander Pope.
La mode daimer Racine passera comme la mode du café. The fashion of liking Racine will pass away like that of coffee. Mme. de SévignéAccording to Voltaire, Letters, Jan. 29, 1690, who connected two remarks of hers to make the phrase; one from a letter March 16, 1679, the other, March 10, 1672. La Harpe reduced the mot to Racine passera comme le café?