An address on the amelioration of the social state

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Page 11 - ... the progress of society, the progress of individuals ; the amelioration of the social system, and the expansion of the mind and faculties of man. Wherever the exterior condition of man becomes enlarged, quickened, and improved ; wherever the intellectual nature of man distinguishes itself by its energy, brilliancy, and its grandeur; wherever these two signs concur, and they often do so, notwithstanding the gravest imperfections in the social system, there man proclaims and applauds civilization.
Page 19 - ... repose. The emperor presented Zenobia with an elegant villa at Tibur, or Tivoli, about twenty miles from the capital; the Syrian queen insensibly sunk into a Roman matron, her daughters married into noble families, and her race was not yet extinct in the fifth century.
Page 19 - Tetricus 260 and the Queen of the East. The former, as well as his son, whom he had created Augustus, was dressed in Gallic trousers, a saffron tunic, and a robe of purple. The beauteous figure of Zenobia was confined by fetters of gold ; a slave supported the gold chain which encircled her neck, and she almost fainted 265 under the intolerable weight of jewels. She preceded on foot the magnificent chariot, in which she once hoped to enter the gates of Rome.
Page 11 - ... him picture there the highest point of perfection to which man, to which society may attain, that he can conceive, that he can hope; — let him then contrast this picture with the present state of the world, and he will feel assured that society and civilization are still in their childhood: that however great the distance they have advanced, that which they have before them is incomparably, is infinitely greater.
Page 10 - I shall call that of otigin information, duringwhich the different elements of society disengage themselves from chaos, assume an existence, and show themselves in their native forms, with the principles by which they are animated: this period lasted till almost the twelfth century. The second period is a period of experiments, attempts, groping: the different elements oi society approach and enter into combination, feeling each other, as it were, without...
Page 8 - We have found at this epoch three societies all different : first municipal society, the last remains of the Roman empire ; secondly, Christian society ; and lastly, barbarian society. We find these societies very differently organized ; founded upon principles totally opposite ; inspiring men with sentiments altogether different. We find the love of the most absolute independence by the side of the most devoted submission ; military patronage by the side of ecclesiastical domination-; spiritual...
Page 8 - I have endeavored to picture of our civilization. There is no denying that we owe to this confusion, this diversity, this tossing and jostling of elements, the slow progress of Europe, the storms by which she has been buffeted, the miseries to which ofttimes she has been a prey. But, however dear these have cost us, we must not regard them with unmingled regret. In nations, as well as in individuals, the good fortune to have all the faculties called into action, so as to ensure a full and free development...
Page 6 - Consuls, the valour and heroism of its soldiers, which subjected to the imperial sceptre of Augustus that immense region reaching from the Euphrates on the east, to the Atlantic on the west ; and from the Rhine and the Danube on the north, to the sandy deserts of Arabia and Africa on the south. He tells also of its farther extension in the first century — of the conquest of Dacia, of Britain, even to the Highlands of Scotland, and of provinces beyond the Tigris and the Euphrates in the east. As...
Page 13 - ... quite as much as the church of Rome in the dark ages has led the way in ours. Nevertheless I concur with our philosophic historian in giving to the church the precedence in all that appertains to our civilization: for I am persuaded that take that element out of his own compound agencies, and we would have all been barbarians still. But I mean more than the Church as denned by him, when I speak of woman and the Bible. Permit me then to explain myself. Woman, with me, is to society what the spirit...
Page 23 - The discreet and affectionate mother lives for ever in the heart of her children. They never can throw off all their allegiance to her, nor rise above her sovereign sway, if indeed she only knows how to wield that potent sceptre which the God of nature has put into her hands. I believe there never was a man both good and great — that adorned with brilliant virtues our fallen race, that did not owe it to his mother. Her wisdom, her piety, her example, led him into the straight paths of true wisdom,...

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