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Pagina 31 - Sir," he replied, with a serious and impressive air, "it is not easy for us to say what such a man as Johnson would call a good Greek scholar." I hope that I profited by the lesson ; certainly I never forgot it ; and if but one of my readers do the same, I shall not repent placing it upon record.
Pagina 251 - If France occupied Spain, was it necessary, in order to avoid the consequences of that occupation, that we should blockade Cadiz? No: I looked another way; I sought materials of compensation in another hemisphere. Contemplating Spain such as our ancestors had known her, I resolved that if France had Spain, it should not be Spain
Pagina 250 - ... dissatisfied of any nation with which she might come in conflict. It is the contemplation of this new power, in any future war, which excites my most anxious apprehension. It is one thing to have a giant's strength, but it would be another to use it like a giant. The consciousness of such strength is, undoubtedly, a source of confidence and security ; but in the situation in which this country stands, our business is, not to seek opportunities of displaying it, but to content ourselves with letting...
Pagina 139 - Historians of later times have been seduced from truth, not by their imagination, but by their reason. They far excel their predecessors in the art of deducing general principles from facts. But unhappily tney have fallen into the error of distorting facts to suit general principles.
Pagina 247 - I consider it to be the duty of a British statesman, in internal as well as external affairs, to hold a middle course between extremes; avoiding alike extravagances of despotism, or the licentiousness of unbridled freedom — reconciling power with liberty ; not adopting hasty or ill-advised experiments, or pursuing any airy and unsubstantial theories; but not rejecting, nevertheless, the application of sound and wholesome knowledge to practical affairs, and pressing, with sobriety and caution, into...
Pagina 8 - ... existence, was to relieve and support me. Mr. Cookesley was not rich ; his eminence in his profession, which was that of a surgeon, procured him, indeed, much employment ; but in a country town, men of science are not the most liberally rewarded ; he had besides, a very numerous family, which left him little for the purposes of general benevolence ; that little, however, was cheerfully bestowed, and his activity and zeal were always at hand to supply the deficiencies of his fortune.
Pagina 36 - I WISH I was where ANNA lies ! For I am sick of lingering here ; And every hour affection cries ' Go, and partake her humble bier...
Pagina 95 - The specimens will be placed upon the table at five o'clock precisely, when the business of the day will immediately commence. I have the honour to be, your most obedient servant, W. KITCHINER, Secretary. August, 1825 — 43, Warren Street, Fitzroy Square.
Pagina 52 - Autographs of Royal, Noble, Learned, and Remarkable Personages conspicuous in English History...
Pagina 6 - ... were necessary in applying to it. I beat out pieces of leather as smooth as possible, and wrought my problems on them with a blunted awl: for the rest, my memory was tenacious, and I could multiply and divide by it, to a great extent. Hitherto I had not so much as dreamed of poetry: indeed I scarcely knew it by name; and, whatever may be said of the force of nature, I certainly never "lisp'd in numbers.

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