Debates in Parliament, Volume 12

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John Stockdale, 1787 - Speeches, addresses, etc
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Page 300 - ... habits of oratory by conversing more with those of his own age, than with such as have had more opportunities of acquiring knowledge, and more successful methods of communicating their sentiments.
Page 300 - He will learn, sir, that to accuse and prove are very different, and that reproaches unsupported by evidence affect only the character of him that utters them. Excursions of fancy, and flights of oratory, are indeed, pardonable in young...
Page 300 - Sir, the atrocious crime of being a young man, which the honourable gentleman has with such spirit and decency charged upon me, I shall neither attempt to palliate nor deny, but content myself with wishing that I may be one of those whose follies may cease with their youth, and not of that number, who are ignorant in spite of experience.
Page 302 - Happy would it be for mankind if every one knew his own province ; we should not then see the same...
Page 300 - Much more, sir, is he to be abhorred, who, as he has advanced in age, has receded from virtue, and becomes more wicked with less temptation ; — who prostitutes himself for money which he cannot enjoy, and spends the remains of his life in the ruin of his country.
Page 300 - I may be one of those whose follies may cease with their youth, and not of that number who are ignorant in spite of experience. Whether youth can be imputed to any man as a reproach, I will not, sir, assume the province of determining; but surely age may become justly contemptible, if the opportunities which it brings have passed away without improvement, and vice appears to prevail, when the passions have subsided.
Page 300 - Sir, would fuffer him to attend to thofe whofe age and long acquaintance with bufmefs give them an indifputable right to deference and fuperiority, he would learn, in time, to reafon rather than declaim, and to prefer juftnefs of argument, and an accurate knowledge of...
Page 369 - Address proposed,' in answer to his Majesty's most gracious Speech from the Throne, ' we are invited to declare that we will oppose the King of Prussia in his attempts upon Silesia : a declaration in which I see not how any man can concur who knows not the nature of his Prussian Majesty's Claim, and the Laws of the German Empire [nor do I, Mr.
Page 182 - ... mation, they might have improved to the advantage ' and fecurity of the nation : what have they done ' even under all thefe difadvantageous fuppofitions, c but followed the lights which they judged moft * clear, and by which they hoped to be conducted to ' honour and to fafety ? * Policy, my lords, is very different from prefcience, * the utmoft that can be attained is probability, and ' that, for the moft part, in a low degree. It is ob...
Page 95 - ... the dross of the nation has been swept together to compose our new forces, and every man who was too stupid or infamous to learn or carry on a trade, has been placed, by this great disposer of honours, above the necessity of application, or the reach of censure.

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