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Page 50 - There she is — the great engine — she never sleeps. She has her ambassadors in every quarter of the world, her couriers upon every road. Her officers march along with armies, and her envoys walk into statesmen's cabinets. They are ubiquitous. Yonder Journal has an agent, at this minute, giving bribes at Madrid, and another inspecting the price of potatoes in Covent Garden.
Page 168 - OF all the causes which conspire to blind Man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind, What the weak head with strongest bias rules, Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
Page 93 - He went a little way apart with it under an elm-tree in the college yard. He read a passage here and there, brought it back to me, and said, ' Do ? I should think so ! Don't you be scared.
Page 93 - But imprudent courses do not always fail. Sometimes a forlorn hope is justified by the event. Though, along with other deterrents, many relapses, now lasting for weeks, now for months, and once for years, often made me despair of reaching the end, yet at length the end is reached. Doubtless in earlier...
Page 10 - ... great effort, and in great danger of being run over ; but they could not possibly travel upon a brick pavement, and avoid the cracks. What would have happened to them if they did step on a crack they did not exactly know. But, for all that, they never stepped on cracks — of their own free will ! The Boy's earliest attempts at versification were found, the other day, in an old desk, and at the end of almost half a century. The copy is in his own boyish, ill-spelled print ; and it bears no date....
Page 3 - For of those who borrow, some read slow ; some mean to read but don't read ; and some neither read nor mean to read, but borrow to leave you an opinion of their sagacity. I must do my money-borrowing friends the justice to say that there is nothing of this caprice or wantonness of alienation in them. When they borrow my money they never fail to make use of it.
Page 139 - ... phrase, an auxiliary to itself — an absurdity so palpable, so monstrous, so ridiculous that it should need only to be pointed out to be scouted.
Page 93 - On looking back over the six and thirty years which have passed since the Synthetic Philosophy was commenced, I am surprised at my audacity in undertaking it, and still more surprised by its completion. In 1860 my small resources had been nearly all frittered away in writing and publishing books which did not repay their expenses ; and I was suffering under a chronic disorder, caused by overtax of...
Page 94 - Doubtless in earlier days some exultation would have resulted; but as age creeps on feelings weaken, and now my chief pleasure is in my emancipation. Still, there is satisfaction in the consciousness that losses, discouragements, and shattered health, have not prevented me from fulfilling the purpose of my life.