Democracy: And Other Papers

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1898 - 95 էջ

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Էջ 89 - The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage Brought my too diligent ear : for several virtues Have I liked several women ; never any With so full soul, but some defect in her Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed, And put it to the foil : but you, O you, So perfect, and so peerless, are created Of every creature's best.
Էջ 48 - In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book, or goes to an American play, or looks at an American picture or statue...
Էջ 47 - Thorough the centre their new-catched miles," was heroic. But the far more marvellous achievement of the Dutch in the same kind was ludicrous even to republican Marvell. Meanwhile, during that very century of scorn, they were the best artists, sailors, merchants, bankers, printers, scholars, jurisconsults, and statesmen in Europe, and the genius of Motley has revealed them to us, earning a right to themselves by the most heroic struggle in human annals. But, alas ! they were not merely simple burghers...
Էջ 34 - I remembered with a pang, half-proud, half -painful, how, so many years ago, I had walked over the same path and felt round my finger the soft pressure of a little hand that was one day to harden with faithful grip of sabre. On how many paths, leading to how many homes where proud Memory does all she can to fill up the fireside gaps with shining shapes, must not men be walking in just such pensive mood as I ? Ah, young heroes, safe in immortal youth as those of Homer, you at least carried your ideal...
Էջ 12 - There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
Էջ 45 - Console yourself, dear man and brother, whatever you may be sure of, be sure at least of this, that you are dreadfully like other people. Human nature has a much greater genius for sameness than for originality, or the world would be at a sad pass shortly.
Էջ 46 - They were butter-firkins, swillers of beer and schnaps, and their vrouws from whom Holbein painted the ail-but loveliest of Madonnas, Rembrandt the graceful girl who sits immortal on his knee in Dresden, and Rubens his abounding goddesses, were the synonymes of clumsy vulgarity. Even so late as Irving the ships of the greatest navigators in the world were represented as sailing equally well stern-foremost. That the aristocratic Venetians should have " Riveted with gigantic piles Thorough the centre...
Էջ 84 - I never heard the old song of Percy and Douglas that I found not my heart moved more than with a trumpet...
Էջ 53 - Gottingen, cannot help despising a people who do not grow loud and red over Aryans and Turanians, and are indifferent about their descent from either. The Frenchman feels an easy mastery in speaking his mother tongue, and attributes it to some native superiority of parts that lifts him high above us barbarians of the West. The Italian prima donna sweeps a...
Էջ 40 - ... friend (a kind of industry in which the labor is light and the wages heavy) would be sent thither because not called for in the office where he at present lies! But I am leaving my new acquaintance too long under the lamp-post. The same Gano which had betrayed me to him revealed to me a well-set young man of about half my own age, as well dressed, so far as I could see, as I was, and with every natural qualification for getting his own livelihood as good, if not better, than my own. He had been...

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