Germany and the Germans, Volume 2

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Chapman and Hall, 1894 - Germany

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Page 268 - Mourn for the man of long-enduring blood, The statesman-warrior, moderate, resolute, Whole in himself, a common good. Mourn for the man of amplest influence, Yet clearest of ambitious crime, Our greatest yet with least pretence, Great in council and great in war, Foremost captain of his time, Rich in saving common-sense, And, as the greatest only are, In his simplicity sublime.
Page 283 - Who reverenced his conscience as his king ; Whose glory was, redressing human wrong ; Who spake no slander, no, nor listen'd to it; Who loved one only and who clave to her...
Page 325 - The gift of eloquence," he has said, "has done much mischief in Parliamentary life." And again: "Oratory is a waste of time; let us restrict ourselves to statements of facts." Once he happily likened rhetoricians to " ladies with small feet who always wear shoes too small for them, and put out their feet so that they may be looked at." Tried by his own canons, Bismarck is certainly no orator. There is no artificial embellishment about his speech ; not a word is said that can be avoided, but, from...
Page 282 - All murder'd : for within the hollow crown That rounds the mortal temples of a king Keeps Death his court, and there the antic sits, Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp...
Page 356 - I have vowed to God that, after the example of my fathers, I will be a just and clement Prince to my people, that I will foster piety and the fear of God, and that I will protect the peace, promote the welfare of the country, be a helper of the poor and distressed, and a true guardian of the right.
Page 231 - Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness" sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Page 312 - State is as old as the ci-devant Holy Roman Empire, as old as all the European States, that it is the soil in which these States have taken root, and that a State, if it would have an assured permanence, if it would only justify its existence, when it is disputed, must stand on a religious foundation.
Page 347 - My idea was to bribe the working classes, or shall I say, to win them over, to regard the state as a social institution existing for their sake and interested in their welfare.
Page 37 - King,' from whose decision they proceed and who constitutionally expresses his will through them. It is, therefore, not admissible, and tends to obscure the constitutional rights of the King, when the exercise of these rights is represented as though it proceeded from the Ministers for the time being responsible and not from the King himself. The constitution of Prussia is the expression of the monarchical tradition of this country, whose development is based on the living relationships of its Kings...
Page 340 - I do not know how I bore it formerly. If I had to live now as I did then — without God, without yourself, without the children — I really do not know why I should not throw off this life like a dirty shirt...

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