Autobiographical Sketches

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Freethought Publishing Company, 1885 - Freethinkers - 169 pages
Selvbiografi 1847-1878 af kvindesagsforkæmperen og fritænkeren Annie Besant (1847-1933), bl.a. om hendes forsvar af politikeren Charles Bradlaugh i en retssag om fødselskontrol

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Page 28 - And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation ; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you ; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Page 58 - But of that day, and that hour, knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Page 87 - He had the support of the working classes; having heard him speak, I knew him to be a man of ability, and he had proved that he was the reverse of a demagogue, by placing himself in strong opposition to the prevailing opinion of the democratic party on two such important subjects as Malthusianism and Personal Representation. Men of this sort, who, while sharing the democratic feelings of the working classes, judged political questions for themselves, and had courage to assert their individual convictions...
Page 60 - It was in vain I urged that I had everything to gain and nothing to lose by following his directions, but that it seemed to me that fidelity to truth forbade a pretended acceptance of that which was not believed. "Everything to lose? Yes, indeed. You will be lost for time and lost for eternity.
Page 81 - Infinite can be that which it is not, it is by that very possibility marked out as incomplete, and capable of a higher perfection. If it is actually everything, it possesses no characteristic feature by which it can be distinguished from anything else, and discerned as an object of consciousness.
Page 74 - Westminister, timidly asked for the Dean, and followed the servant upstairs with a very sinking heart. I was left for a moment alone in the library, and then the Dean came in. I don't think I ever in my life...
Page 81 - But the infinite, if it is to be conceived at all, must be conceived as potentially everything and actually nothing; for, if there is anything in general which it cannot become, it is thereby limited ; and, if there is anything in particular which it actually is, it is thereby excluded from being any other thing.
Page 74 - My dear mother had an intense longing to take the Sacrament, but absolutely refused to do so unless I partook of it with her. " If it be necessary to salvation," she persisted doggedly, " I will not take it if darling Annie is to be shut out. I would rather be lost with her than saved without her.
Page 132 - a more ill-advised and more injudicious proceeding in the way of a prosecution was probably never brought into a Court of Justice". He described us as "two enthusiasts, who have been actuated by the desire to do good in a particular department of Society".
Page 75 - I could barely speak my thanks, so much did the kindly sympathy move me ; the revulsion from the anxiety and fear of rebuff was strong enough to be almost pain. But Dean Stanley did more than I asked. He suggested that he should call that afternoon, and have a quiet chat with my mother, and then come again on the following day to administer the Sacrament. ' " A stranger's presence is always trying to a sick person...

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