A Complete Practical Grammar of the German Language (Google eBook)

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J.C. Hinrichs, 1828 - German language - 560 pages
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Page 371 - ... household guardian to the fathers of families, a patron and protector of servants, an associate in all true and generous friendships. The banquets of my votaries are never costly, but always delicious ; for none eat or drink at them who are not invited by hunger and thirst. Their slumbers are sound, and their wakings cheerful. My young men have the pleasure of hearing themselves praised by those who are in years ; and those who are in years, of being honoured by those who are young.
Page 371 - You never heard the most delicious music, which is the praise of one's self; nor saw the most beautiful object, which is the work of one's own hands. Your votaries pass away their youth in a dream of mistaken pleasures, while they are hoarding up anguish, torment, and remorse, for old age.
Page 367 - ... advantage. She cast her eyes upon herself, then turned them on those that were present, to see how they liked her, and often looked on the figure she made in her own shadow. Upon her nearer approach to Hercules she stepped before the other lady (who came forward with a regular, composed carriage), and running up to him, accosted him after the following manner :
Page 366 - When Hercules, says the divine moralist, was in that part of his youth, in which it was natural for him to consider what course of life he ought to pursue, he one day retired into a desert, where the silence and solitude of the place very much favored his meditations.
Page 370 - ... by your country, you must take care to serve it. In short, if you would be eminent in war or peace, you must become master of all the qualifications that can make you so. These are the only terms and conditions upon which I can propose happiness.
Page 370 - Hercules , says she , I offer myself to you, because I know you are descended from the Gods , and give proofs of that descent by your love to virtue , and application to the studies proper for your age. This makes me hope you will gain both for yourself and me an immortal reputation. But , before I invite you into my .society and friendship , I will be open and sincere with you , and must lay...
Page 370 - The gods have set a price upon every real and noble pleasure. If you would gain the favour of the deity, you must be at the pains of worshipping...
Page 371 - Alas! (said the other lady, whose visage glowed with a passion, made up of scorn and pity) What are the pleasures you propose ? to eat before you are hungry, drink before you are athirst, sleep before you are tired, to gratify appetites before they are raised, and raise such appetites as nature never planted. You never heard the most delicious music, which is the praise of one's self; nor saw the most beautiful object, which is the work of one's own hands.
Page 367 - ... endeavoured to appear more graceful than ordinary in her mien, by a mixture of affectation in all her gestures. She had a wonderful confidence and...
Page 367 - Hercules, hearing the lady talk after this manner, desired to know her name ; to which she answered, " My friends, and those who are well acquainted with me, call me Happiness ; but my enemies, and those who would injure my reputation, have given me the name of Pleasure.

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