Shooting Niagra: And After?

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Chapman and Hall, 1867 - Democracy - 55 pages
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Page 12 - ... have brought it on ; — one cannot but consider them traitorous ; and for one's own poor share, would rather have been shot than been concerned in it. And yet, after all my silent indignation and disgust, I cannot pretend to be clearly sorry that such a consummation is expedited. I say to myself, " Well, perhaps the sooner such a mass of hypocrisies, universal mismanagements and brutal platitudes and infidelities ends, — if not in some improvement, then in death and finis, — may it not be...
Page 21 - Company as it rightfully belongs to; and be far more chary of their speech than now. Speech issuing in no deed is hateful and contemptible :—how can a man have any nobleness who knows not that ? In God's name, let us find out what of noble and profitable we can do; if it be nothing, let us at least keep silence, and bear gracefully our strange lot!— The English Nobleman has still left in him, after such sorrowful erosions, something considerable of chivalry and magnanimity...
Page 32 - Sense," and therewith to irradiate your own poor soul, and all its work, into something of divineness, as the one thing needful to you in this world ! A very futile problem that other, my friends ; futile, idle, and far worse ; leading to what Moral Ruin you little dream of! The Moral Sense, thank God, is a thing you never will " account for ;" that, if you could think of it, is the perennial Miracle of Man ; in all times, visibly connecting poor transitory Man here on this bewildered Earth with...
Page 25 - Will there, in short, prove to be a recognisable small nucleus of Invincible "Aptcrai fighting for the Good Cause, in their various wisest ways, and never ceasing or slackening till they die? This is the question of questions, on which all turns; in the answer to this, could we give it clearly, as no man can, lies the oracleresponse, " Life for you," " Death for you" ! Looking into this, there are fearful dubitations many.
Page 19 - Colonies,' all ungoverned, and nine-tenths of them full of jungles, boa-constrictors, rattlesnakes, Parliamentary Eloquences, and Emancipated Niggers ripening towards nothing but destruction : one of these you shall have, you as Vice-King ; on rational conditions, and ad vitam...
Page 2 - Christian religion itself, shall have deliquesced, — into ' liberty of conscience,' progress of opinion, progress of intellect, philanthropic movement, and other aqueous residues of a vapid badly-scented character ; — and shall, like water spilt upon the ground, trouble nobody considerably thenceforth, but evaporate at its leisure. " 3. That, in lieu thereof, there shall be free trade, in all senses, and to all lengths : unlimited free trade, — which some take to mean, 'free racing, ere long...
Page 8 - free," as we call it, be permitted to unfold himself in works of goodness and nobleness, is surely a blessing to him, immense and indispensable ; — to him and to those about him. But that a bad man be
Page 14 - Lordship, if you were to speak for six hundred years, instead of six hours, you would only prove the more to us that, unwritten if you will, but real and fundamental, anterior to all written laws and first making written laws possible, there must have been, and is, and will be, coeval with Human Society, from its first beginnings to its ultimate end, an actual Martial Law, of more validity than any other law whatever. Lordship, if there is no written law that three and three shall be six, do you...
Page 23 - ... dry-rot is in it, •who knows how deep ; don't disturb the old beams and junctures : varnish, varnish, if you will be blessed by gods and men ! This is called the Constitutional System, Conservative System, and other fine names; and this at last has its fruits, — such as we see.
Page 13 - I suppose, we had deserved. The end of our poor Old England (such an England as we had at last made of it) to be not a tearful Tragedy, but an ignominious Farce as well ! — Perhaps the consummation may be now nearer than is thought. It seems to me sometimes as if everybody had privately now given up serious notion of resisting it.

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