Imaginary Conversations: Dialogues of sovereigns and statesmen

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Roberts Brothers, 1881 - Imaginary conversations
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Page 326 - ... the crowd in the lobby ; but the amusement and merriment go to bed with man and wife, and something of them is left for the children the next morning at breakfast. I have no greater objection to parade and stateliness in that theatre where the actors have been educated at the university, than in that where one can more easily be admitted behind the scenes : what I want is a little good-nature and good-manners, and that God should be thought as tolerant as my lord chamberlain. The worst objection...
Page 145 - I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Page 144 - ... enter and sit still ; enough of illustration and reflection to change the posture of our minds when they would tire ; and enough of sound matter in the complex to repay us for our attendance. I could perhaps be more logical in my definition, and more concise ; but am I at all erroneous ? Chesterfield. I see not that you are. Chatham. My ear is well satisfied with Locke : I find nothing idle or redundant in him : and I admire him particularly for his selection of plain and proper words.
Page 27 - Let your discourse be yea, yea; nay, nay:" the jesuit says, supported by the pope, " the speech by equivocation being saved from a lie, the same speech may be without perjury confirmed by oath, or by any other way, though it were by receiving the sacrament, if just necessity so require.
Page 170 - When thou wert a child, and couldst hardly walk, I have taken thee into the arsenal, though children should not enter, according to regulations ; I have there rolled cannon-balls before thee over iron plates ; and I have shown thee bright new arms, bayonets and sabres ; and I have pricked the back of my hands until the blood came out in many places ; and I have made thee lick it ; and I have then done the same to thine. Afterward, from thy tenth year, I have mixed gunpowder in thy grog ; I have peppered...
Page 143 - Pray, if I am not taking too great a freedom, give me the outline of your plan. CHATHAM. Willingly, my lord: but since a greater man than either of us has laid down a more comprehensive one, containing all I could bring forward, would it not be preferable to consult it? I differ in nothing from Locke, unless it be that I would recommend the lighter as well as the graver part of the ancient classics, and the constant practise of imitating them in early youth.
Page 9 - Store of hides, and of the creatures that were within them ; store of bacon ; store of oats and barley, of rye and good wheaten corn ; hemp, shipping, masts, anchors ; pine-tree and its pitch from the Norwegian, yew-tree from Corse and Dalmat. Divers other commodities must be procured from the ruler of the Adriatic, from him who never was infant nor stripling, whom God took by the right hand and taught to walk by himself the first hour.
Page 142 - I am far from believing, any topics that could have escaped your penetrating view of manners and morals : for your lordship and I set out diversely from the threshold. Let us then rather hope that what we both have written, with an equally good intention, may produce its due effect ; which indeed I am afraid may be almost as doubtful, if we consider how ineffectual were the cares and exhortations, and even the daily example and high renown, of the most zealous and prudent men, on the life and conduct...
Page 142 - Let us however hope the best rather than fear the worst, and believe that there never was a right thing done or a wise one spoken in vain, although the fruit of them may not spring up in the place designated or at the time expected.
Page 144 - ... limb or feature my surprise at this remark, your lordship, I hope, will pardon me a slight and involuntary transgression of my own precept. I must entreat you, before we move a step...

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