Proceedings of the Society: 64th Sess., 1888, 89, Volume 34

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Page xlviii - These fanatics brought to civil and military affairs a coolness of judgment, and an immutability of purpose, which some writers have thought inconsistent with their religious zeal, but which were in fact the necessary effects of it.
Page xlviii - People who saw nothing of the godly but their uncouth visages, and heard nothing from them but their groans and their whining hymns, might laugh at them. But those had little reason to laugh, who encountered them in the hall of debate or in the field of battle.
Page lii - If it were inquired what is to be regarded as the most appropriate intellectual occupation of MAN, as man, what would be the answer ? The Statesman is engaged with political affairs ; the Soldier with military ; the Mathematician, with the properties of numbers and magnitudes; the Merchant, with commercial concerns, &,c.; but in what are all and each of these employed?
Page lii - The Statesman is engaged with political affairs ; the Soldier with military; the Mathematician, with the properties of numbers and magnitudes ; the Merchant with commercial concerns, &c. ; but in what are all and each of these employed? — employed, I mean, as men; for there are many modes of exercise of the faculties, mental as well as bodily, which are in great measure common to us with the lower animals. Evidently, in Reasoning. They are all occupied in deducing, well or ill, Conclusions from...
Page ix - ... smallest public function, is useful; that the participation should everywhere be as great as the general degree of improvement of the community will allow; and that nothing less can be ultimately desirable than the admission of all to a share in the sovereign power of the state. But since all cannot, in a community exceeding a single small town, participate personally in any but some very minor portions of the public business, it follows that the ideal type of a perfect government must be representative.
Page xlvii - These insufferable triflers are the curse of a table. One of these flies will spoil a whole pot. Of such it may be said that they do not play at cards, but only play at playing at them.
Page xlviii - Thus the Puritan was made up of two different men, the one all self-abasement, penitence, gratitude, passion, the other proud, calm, inflexible, sagacious. He prostrated himself in the dust before his Maker ; but he set his foot on the neck of his king.
Page xlviii - But, when he took his seat in the council, or girt on his sword for war, these tempes.tuous workings of the soul had left no perceptible trace behind them.
Page liv - ... can be had — is an assertion for the truth of which I may appeal to the testimony of mankind in general ; which is so much the more valuable, inasmuch as it may be accounted the testimony of adversaries. For the generality have a strong predilection in...
Page xv - The people is therefore the real directing power; and although the form of government is representative, it is evident that the opinions, the prejudices, the interests, and even the passions of the community are hindered by no durable obstacles from exercising a perpetual influence on society.

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