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Page 221 - Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt.
Page 413 - General Burnside's command of the army you have taken counsel of your ambition and thwarted him as much as you could, in which you did a great wrong to the country and to a most meritorious and honorable brother officer. I have heard, in such a way as to believe it, of your recently saying that both the army and the government needed a dictator. Of course it was not for this, but in spite of it, that I have given you the command. Only those generals who gain successes can set up dictators. What I...
Page 477 - IDEALS ARE LIKE STARS. YOU WILL NOT SUCCEED IN TOUCHING THEM WITH YOUR HANDS, BUT LIKE THE SEA-FARING MAN ON THE DESERT OF WATERS. YOU CHOOSE THEM AS YOUR GUIDES AND FOLLOWING THEM, YOU REACH YOUR DESTINY.
Page 117 - Truth lives, in fact, for the most part on a credit system. Our thoughts and beliefs 'pass,' so long as nothing challenges them, just as bank-notes pass so long as nobody refuses them. But this all points to direct face-to-face verifications somewhere, without which the fabric of truth collapses like a financial system with no cash-basis whatever.
Page 412 - General : I have placed you at the head of the Army of the Potomac. Of course I have done this upon what appear to me to be sufficient reasons, and yet I think it best for you to know that there are some things in regard to which I am not quite satisfied with you. I believe you to be a brave and skilful soldier, which, of course, I like. I also believe you do not mix politics with your profession, in...
Page 413 - The government will support you to the utmost of its ability, which is neither more nor less than it has done and will do for all commanders.
Page 285 - My first note-book was opened in July 1837. I worked on true Baconian principles, and without any theory collected facts on a wholesale scale...
Page 413 - I much fear that the spirit which you have aided to infuse into the army, of criticising their commander and withholding confidence from him, will now turn upon you. I shall assist you as far as I can to put it down. Neither you nor Napoleon, if he were alive again, could get any good out of an army while such a spirit prevails in it ; and now beware of rashness. Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.
Page 183 - And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus; and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven; and he fell to the earth and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest; it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
Page 413 - You are ambitious — which, within reasonable bounds, does good rather than harm; but I think that, during General Burnside's command of the army, you have taken counsel of your ambition and thwarted him as much as you could, in which you did a great wrong to the country, and to a most meritorious and honorable brother officer.