Englische Studien, Volume 12

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O. R. Reisland, 1889 - Comparative linguistics
"Zeitschrift für englische Philologie" (varies slightly).

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Page 207 - Weller, my lord," replied that gentleman. "Do you spell it with a 'V or a 'W'?" inquired the judge. 'That depends upon the taste and fancy of the speller, my lord," replied Sam; "I never had occasion to spell it more than once or twice in my life, but I spells it with a 'V.' " Here a voice in the gallery exclaimed aloud, "Quite right too, Samivel, quite right. Put it down a we, my lord, put it down a we.
Page 431 - But though our thought seems to possess this unbounded liberty, we shall find, upon a nearer examination, that it is really confined within very narrow limits, and that all this creative power of the mind amounts to no more than the faculty of compounding, transposing, augmenting, or diminishing the materials afforded us by the senses and experience.
Page 426 - And he that will speak them well, has no other rule but that; nor any thing to trust to but his memory, and the habit of speaking after the fashion learned from those that are allowed to speak properly, which, in other words, is only to speak by rote.
Page 312 - London prentice was from the prison brought, And to the lyons given to stanch their hunger great, Which had not eat in ten days' space not one small bit of meat. But God, that knows all secrets, the matter so contriv'd, That by this young man's valour they were of life depriv'd; For being faint for food, they scarcely could withstand The noble force and fortitude and courage of his hand: For when the hungry lyons had cast...
Page 71 - Other governments are convulsed by the innovations and reforms of neighboring states ; our constitution, fixed in the affections of the people, from whose choice it has sprung, neutralizes the influence of foreign principles, and fearlessly opens an asylum to the virtuous, the unfortunate, and the oppressed of every nation.
Page 150 - Anfangs wollt ich fast verzagen, Und ich glaubt, ich trüg es nie; Und ich hab es doch getragen Aber fragt mich nur nicht, wie?
Page 426 - There is nothing more evident, than that languages learned by rote serve well enough for the common affairs of life, and ordinary commerce. Nay, persons of quality of the softer sex, and such of them as have spent their time in well-bred company...
Page 57 - As to my poor style, Edward Irving and his admiration of the old Puritans and Elizabethans — whom at heart I never could entirely adore, though trying hard — ' ^ his and everybody's doctrine on that head played a much more important part than Jean Paul upon it. And the most important by far was that of nature, you would perhaps ' \ say, if you had ever heard my father speak, or my mother, / and her inward melodies of heart and voice.
Page 68 - Strasburg, who gave instruction in mathematics. He was willing to do what he could for me in German, but he warned me that his pronunciation was very bad, as was that of all Alsace, which had become a part of France. Nor was it possible to get books. I borrowed a Meidinger's Grammar, French and German, from my friend, Mr. Everett, and sent to New Hampshire, where I knew there was a German Dictionary, and procured it. I also obtained a copy of Goethe's "Werther
Page 118 - Johnson's Dictionary was hailed with an enthusiasm such as no similar work has ever excited. It was indeed the first dictionary which could be read with pleasure. The definitions show so much acuteness of thought and command of language, and the passages quoted from poets, divines and philosophers are so skilfully selected, that a leisure hour may always be very agreeably spent in turning over the pages.

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