The Life, Times, and Labours of Robert Owen, Volume 1

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AMS Press, 1890 - Political Science - 239 pages
 

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Page 72 - Do ye hear the children weeping, O my brothers, Ere the sorrow comes with years? They are leaning their young heads against their mothers, And that cannot stop their tears. The young lambs are bleating in the meadows, The young birds are chirping in the nest, The young fawns are playing with the shadows, The young flowers are blowing toward the west — But the young, young children, O my brothers, They are weeping bitterly! They are weeping in the playtime of the others, In the country of the free.
Page 23 - THE annual labour of every nation is the fund which originally supplies it with all the necessaries and conveniences of life which it annually consumes, and which consist always either in the immediate produce of that labour, or in what is purchased with that produce from other nations.
Page 71 - See these inglorious Cincinnati swarm, Farmers of war, dictators of the farm ; Their ploughshare was the sword in hireling hands, Their fields manured by gore of other lands ; Safe in their barns, these Sabine tillers sent Their brethren out to battle — why? for rent ! Year after year they voted cent, per cent., Blood, sweat, and tear- wrung millions — why? for rent!
Page 160 - Do not look at us. We sit enchanted here, we know not why. The sun shines and the earth calls ; and, by the governing powers and impotences of this England, we are forbidden to obey. It is impossible, they tell us.' There was something that reminded me of Dante's Hell in the look of all this ; and I rode swiftly away.
Page xv - I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
Page 88 - Any general character, from the best to the worst, from the most ignorant to the most enlightened, may be given to any community, even to the world at large, by the application of proper means; which means are to a great extent at the command and under the control of those who have influence in the affairs of men.
Page 160 - ID silence : for, alas, what word was to be said ? An Earth all lying round, crying, Come and till me, come and reap me ; — yet we...
Page 101 - If, then, due care as to the state of your inanimate machines can produce such beneficial results, what may not be expected if you devote equal attention to your vital machines, which are far more wonderfully constructed.
Page 71 - d , they dined , they drank , they swore they meant To die for England— why then live?— for rent! The peace has made one general malcontent Of these high-market patriots; war was rent! Their love of country, millions all misspent, How reconcile? by reconciling rent!
Page 102 - Will you, then, continue to expend large sums of money to procure the best devised mechanism of wood, brass, or iron, and to retain it in perfect repair, — to provide the best substance for the prevention of unnecessary friction, and to save it from falling into premature decay...

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