Letters on politics, economy and miscellaneous matters

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G. Allen, 1880 - Architecture
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Page 179 - Everybody wants to hear- — nobody to read — nobody to think; to be excited for an hour — and, if possible, amused; to get the knowledge it has cost a man half his life to gather, first sweetened up to make it palatable, and then kneaded into the smallest possible pills — and to swallow it homoeopathically and to be wise — this is the passionate desire and hope of the multitude of the day. It is not to be done. A living comment quietly given to a class on a book they are earnestly reading...
Page 241 - At her right hand sat Ignorance, her father and husband, blind with age; at her left, Pride her mother, dressing her up in the scraps of paper herself had torn. There was Opinion her sister, light of foot, hoodwinked, and headstrong, yet giddy and perpetually turning. About her played her children, Noise and Impudence, Dulness and Vanity, Positiveness, Pedantry, and Ill-Manners.
Page 139 - A man-servant was too expensive ; so I caught up a little garden-girl, made like a milestone, christened her Bunch, put a napkin in her hand, and made her my butler. The girls taught her to read, Mrs. Sydney to wait, and I undertook her morals ; Bunch became the best butler in the county.
Page 136 - Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. 21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child, shall have him become his son at the length.
Page 230 - Economy no more means saving money than it means spending money. It means, the administration of a house ; its stewardship ; spending or saving, that is, whether money or time, or anything else, to the best possible advantage. In the simplest and clearest definition of it, economy, whether public or private, means the wise management of labour; and it means this mainly in three senses: namely, first, applying your labour rationally ; secondly, preserving its produce carefully ; lastly, distributing...
Page 238 - Fcap. 8vo. ?•*TYRWHITT.— OUR SKETCHING CLUB. Letters and Studies on Landscape Art. By the Rev. R. ST. JOHN TYRWHITT, MA With an Authorised Reproduction of the Lessons and Woodcuts in Professor Ruskin's "Elements of Drawing.
Page 137 - Sir, there is only only one way to have good servants ; that is, to be worthy of being well served. All nature and all humanity will serve a good master, and rebel against an ignoble one. And there is no surer test of the quality of a nation than the quality of its servants, for they are their masters' shadows, and distort their faults in a flattened mimicry.
Page 284 - What in the devil's name have you. to do with either Mr. D'Israeli or Mr. Gladstone? You are students at the University, and have no more business with politics than you have with rat^catching. Had you ever read ten words of mine [with understanding] you would have known that I care no more [either] for Mr. D'Israeli or Mr. Gladstone than for two old bagpipes with the drones going by steam, but that I hate all Liberalism as I do Beelzebub, and that, with Carlyle, I stand, we two alone now in England,...
Page 191 - ... charity i,s. idle, if it be not coupled with pleading for discriminate charity, and, above all, for that charity which discerns the uses that people may be put to, and helps them by setting them to work in those services. That is the help beyond all others ; find out how to make useless people useful, and let them earn their money instead of begging it.
Page 63 - signifies the strength, or " availing " of anything towards the sustaining of life, and is always twofold ; that is to say, primarily, INTRINSIC, and secondarily, EFFECTUAL. The reader must, by anticipation, be warned against confusing value with cost, or with price. Value is the life-giving power of anything ; cost, the quantity of Iabo2tr required to produce it ; price, the quantity of labour 'which its possessor will take in exchange for it* Cost and price are commercial conditions, to be studied...

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