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Page 152 - The fencing tires him; the sweat is running from his brow; and the queen remarks: He's fat and scant of breath. Can you conceive him to be otherwise than plump and fair-haired? Brown-complexioned people in their youth are seldom plump. And does not his wavering melancholy, his soft lamenting, his irresolute activity, accord with such a figure? From a dark-haired young man you would look for more decision and impetuosity.
Page 565 - ... the morrow. We shall once more value ends above means and prefer the good to the useful. We shall honour those who can teach us how to pluck the hour and the day virtuously and well, the delightful people who are capable of taking direct enjoyment in things, the lilies of the field who toil not, neither do they spin.
Page 31 - I did so. I went at ten o'clock. I stayed till dawn ; and all my recollections of the most sparkling talk I have ever heard in drawing-rooms, afford nothing to equal the riotous affluence of wit, of humour, of fancy, of genius, that the great lyrist poured forth in his wondrous monologue.
Page 327 - we can dream more in a minute than we can act in a day," it seems to me that he rather understates than exaggerates ; for so much is suggested in so small a point of time, that, were it in my power to transcribe all that passes through my mind in any given half-hour of silent reverie, it would take me years to write it down.
Page 30 - ... strive, while improving your one talent, to enrich your whole capital as a MAN. It is in this way that you escape from the wretched narrow-mindedness which is the characteristic of every one who cultivates his specialty alone.
Page 598 - I've seen a deal of our connection and human nature in general, and this I know, that a minister as has to please his flock, has got to please his flock whatever happens, and neither me nor no other man can make it different ; and that Mrs Vincent, as has seen life, can tell you as well as I can.
Page 331 - Where shall we find such a number of circumstances, agreeing to the corroboration of one fact? And what have we to oppose to such a cloud of witnesses, but the absolute impossibility or miraculous nature of the events, which they relate? And this surely, in the eyes of all reasonable people, will alone be regarded as a sufficient refutation.
Page 34 - Conducted into an old-fashioned little green-house, which served as a vinery, my lord gazed, with mortification and envy, on grapes twice as fine as his own. "My dear friend...
Page 30 - ... therefore he extols Fielding. If Fielding were alive and Dickens were dead, how he would extol Dickens ! Go the third day ; dine with a trader — all the other guests being gentlemen on the Stock Exchange. A new specialty is before you ; all the world seems circumscribed to scrip and the budget. In fine, whatever the calling, let men only cultivate that calling, and they are as narrowminded as the Chinese when they place on the map of the world the Celestial Empire, with all its Tartaric villages...
Page 359 - Shall we allow this separation to be total? Shall we render it peaceful, with a view to the chance that when hunger shall brighten the intellects of men, and the teachings of hard experience shall have tamed them, they may come back, in the spirit of our fathers, to the task of reconstruction? Or will they have that separation partial; will they give to each State all its military power; will they give to each State its revenue power ; will they still preserve the common agent ; and will they thus...