A Grammar of the German Language

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1855 - German language - 388 pages
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Page 223 - They are surely happy," said the prince, " who have all these conveniences, of which I envy none so much as the facility with which separated friends interchange their thoughts." " The Europeans," answered Imlac, " are less unhappy than we, but they are not happy. Human life is everywhere a state, in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed.
Page 195 - When our vices leave us. we flatter ourselves that we leave them, are among the number of maxims.
Page 195 - In the prosperity of a man enemies will be grieved: but in his adversity even a friend will depart.
Page 19 - THE reader may perhaps remember a pretty little fable (Der Adler) of Lessing : — "Man once asked the Eagle, ' Why dost thou bring up thy young so high in the air...
Page 348 - Savages we call them, because their Manners differ from ours, which we think the Perfection of Civility; they think the same of theirs. Perhaps, if we could examine the Manners of different Nations with Impartiality, we should find no People so rude, as to be without any Rules of Politeness; nor any so polite, as not to have some Remains of Rudeness.
Page 152 - ... secondary genitive, or it is the case of an adjective. See 302. THE GERMAN USAGE. 301. The Germans, when addressing a person, generally use the third person plural of the personal pronoun. Till within some centuries, the Germans, like the French and the English, addressed each other in familiar conversation by the second person singular, and in formal intercourse by the second person plural. Since that period another mode of address has been adopted as expressive of respect, viz., by the...
Page 222 - If you would gain the favour of the deity, you must be at the pains of worshipping him; if the friendship of good men, you must study to oblige them; if you would be honoured by your country, you must take care to serve it. In short, if you would be eminent in war or peace, you must become master of all the qualifications that can make you so. These are the only terms and conditions upon which I can propose happiness.
Page 195 - A wise man- will desire no more than what he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and live upon contentedly.
Page 195 - MEN are sometimes accused of pride, merely because their accusers would be proud themselves, if they were in their places.
Page 152 - Dn, is much more usual at the present day in German than in other modern languages. As it excludes all ceremonious formality, it is reserved for relations of confidence, friendship, and love. They use it in addressing their family, their best friends, and the Supreme Being. See BECKER'S Grammar. That...

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