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utmost barriers of creation, and explored the principles by which, no doubt, all created matter is held together and exists.
If a man were present now at the field of slaughter, and were to inquire for what they were fighting, "Fighting!” would be the answer; "they are not fighting; they are pausing.” Why is that man expiring? why is that other writhing with agony? what means this implacable fury? The answer must be, “You are quite wrong, sir; you deceive yourself: they are not fighting; do not disturb them; they are merely pausing! This man is not expiring with agony; that man is not dead; he is only pausing.”
It is this accursed American war that has led us, step by step, into all our present misfortunes and national disgraces. What was the cause of our wasting forty millions of money, and sixty thousand lives? The American war! What was it that produced the French rescript, and a French war? The American war! What was it that produced the Spanish manifesto, and the Spanish war? The American war! What was it that armed forty thousand men in Ireland with the arguments carried on the points of forty thousand bayonets ? The American war! For what are we about to incur an additional debt of twelve or fourteen millions ? This accursed, cruel, diabolical American war!
What was it, fellow-citizens, which gave to our Lafayette his spotless fame? The love of liberty. What has consecrated his memory in the hearts of good men? The love of liberty. What nerved his youthful arm with strength, and inspired him, in the morning of his days, with sagacity and counsel? The living love of liberty.
Emphatic Ware, its Limitations.
You have done that you should be sorry for. (In this and the three following examples, note the intervention of another emphasis between the emphatic word and the pause.]
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
The good man loves himself too well to lose an estate by gaming, and his neighbor too well to win one.
Matches and overmatches! Those terms are more applicable elsewhere than here, and fitter for other assemblies than this.
When I took occasion, Mr. President, ten days ago, to throw out some ideas with respect to the policy of the government in relation to the public lands, nothing certainly could have been further from my thoughts, than that I should be compelled to throw myself again upon the indulgence of the Senate.
No! I'm surprised at that;
Blaze, with your serried columns !
Emphasis with Falling Slide; at, or just preceding, Partial
or Perfect Close. Philosophy makes us wiser, Christianity makes us better, men
Christians have cast away the spirit, in settling the precise dignity, of their Master.
Every country where man is struggling to recover his birthright, has lost a benefactor, a patron, in Lafayette.
Force decided all things.
The value of the graphic art consists in its being a medium for the acquisition of knowledge, and for the communication of it.
When the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
Sprung from a line of kings, a throne is my natural seat; but I strive, too, that it shall be, while I sit upon it, an honored, unpolluted seat.
A fisher's joy is to destroy-thine office is to save.
Strong Emphasis, Falling Slide. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among thieves ?
Infected be the air whereon they ride!
Discord, discord is the ruin of this city! The eternal disputes between the senate and the people are the sole cause of our misfortunes.
But I hear it rung continually in my ears, “ The preamble! What will become of the preamble, if you repeal this tax ?”
Thou shalt live so beset, so hemmed in, so watched, by the vigilant guards I have placed around thee, that thou shalt not stir a foot against the republic without
my knowledge. There shall be eyes to detect thy slightest movement, and ears to catch thy wariest whisper. Thou shalt be seen and heard when thou dost not dream of a witness near.
Then, patriotism is eloquent: then, self-devotion is eloquent. The clear conception, outrunning the deductions of logic, the high purpose, the firm resolve, the dauntless spirit, speaking on the tongue, beaming from the eye, informing every feature, and urging the whole man onward, right onward to his object,--this, this is eloquence; or rather, it is something greater and higher than all eloquence: it is action, noble, sublime, godlike action.
Have the walls ears ? Great Jove! I wish they had;
Hear me, bold heart! the whole gross blood of Rome
And if thou said'st I am not peer
Lord Angus, thou hast lied.
Emphasis, Denoting Comparison.
Milton was, like Dante, a statesman and a lover; and, like Dante, he had been unfortunate in ambition and in love.
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows.
He that prays to God with an angry, that is, with a troubled and discomposed spirit, is like him that retires
into a battle to meditate, and sets up his closet in the outquarters of an army, and chooses a frontier garrison to be wise in.
All of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed.
The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
'Tis heaven's commanding trumpet long and loud,
Emphasis, Preceded by Intensive Particle. It is an impression which we cannot rid ourselves of if we would, when sitting by the body of a friend, that he has still a consciousness of our presence.
Even after the whole trial had ended, Sir Francis proclaimed aloud to his constituents that all the ministers ought to be hanged.
Even if the country itself should suffer, he declared that his feelings as a patriot must give way to his professional obligations.
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.
Though hand join in hand, yet shall not the wicked go unpunished.
Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty ;