On the Use and Study of History

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S.J. Machen, 1842 - History - 328 pages
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Page 150 - To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite; To forgive wrongs darker than death or night; To defy Power, which seems omnipotent; To love, and bear; to hope till Hope creates From its own wreck the thing it contemplates; Neither to change, nor falter, nor repent; This, like thy glory, Titan, is to be Good, great and joyous, beautiful and free; This is alone Life, Joy, Empire, and Victory.
Page 73 - I knew a very wise man so much of Sir Christopher's sentiment, that he believed if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.
Page 71 - Laws themselves, political Constitutions, are not our Life, but only the house wherein our Life is led : nay, they are but the bare walls of the house ; all whose essential furniture, the inventions and traditions, and daily habits that regulate and support our existence, are the work not of Dracos and Hampdens, but of Phoenician mariners, of Italian masons and Saxon metallurgists, of philosophers...
Page 190 - Wisdom is a hen whose cackling we must value and consider, because it is attended with an egg. But then, lastly, it is a nut, which, unless you choose with judgment, may cost you a tooth, and pay you with nothing but a worm.
Page 35 - ... of the devil, the witches or enchanters, hath moved me, beloved reader, to dispatch in post this following treatise of mine, not in any wise (as I protest) to serve for...
Page 7 - The word answering to law in the language of the later Greeks, does not occur in the Homeric poems, nor do they contain any allusion which might lead us to suppose that any assemblies ever met for the purpose of legislation. Rights, human and...
Page 330 - THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY REFERENCE DEPARTMENT This book u under no circumstances to be taken from the Building...
Page 141 - Tacitus as one of the most stupendous efforts of truly moral greatness that we know of. I allude especially to the triumph of self-sustaining energy it manifests. In most other biographies of nations, there are magnificent materials to work upon ; Tacitus had worse than none. In all of them there is likewise the great ingredient of antagonist powers in action to be depicted; but resistance was dead in his time.
Page 71 - Saxon metallurgists, of philosophers, alchymists, prophets, and all the long-forgotten train of artists and artisans; who from the first have been jointly teaching us how to think and how to act, how to rule over spiritual and over physical Nature. Well may we say that of our History the more important part is lost without recovery ; and, — as thanksgivings were once wont to be offered 'for unrecognised mercies...
Page 32 - And never more, with shame of heart, Teach things, of which I know no part. Oh, for a glance into the earth ! To see below its dark foundations, Life's embryo seeds before their birth And Nature's silent operations.

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