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Página 159 - And what then is the field for these inventive and self-suggested operations ; and if practicable, would they be less important than those which are called for by the obstreperous voices of to-day and tomorrow ? ' I am aware that under popular institutions there are many measures of exceeding advantage to the people, which it would be in vain for a Minister to project, until the people, or an influential portion of the people, should become apprised of the advantage, and ask for it ; many which can...
Página 70 - ... fidelity to all womanly instincts, makes her, in our intercourse with literature, not only a companion, but a counsellor and a helpmate, fulfilling in this sphere the purposes of her creation. It is in letters as in life, and there (as has been well said) the woman " who praises and blames, persuades and resists, warns or exhorts upon occasion given, and carries her love through all with a strong heart, and not a weak fondness — she is the true helpmate.
Página 152 - ... does not call for; by conciliating loud and energetic individuals at the expense of such public interests as are dumb or do not attract attention ; by sacrificing everywhere what is feeble and obscure to what is influential and cognizable ; by such means and shifts as these, the...
Página 160 - This then is the great evil and want — that there is not within the pale of our government any adequately numerous body of efficient statesmen, some to be more externally active and answer the demands of the day, others to be somewhat more retired and meditative in order that they may take thought for the morrow.
Página 144 - Because the undecided man, seeking after various counsel, necessarily multiplies confidences. The pretext for indecisiveness is commonly mature deliberation : but in reality indecisive men occupy themselves less in deliberation than others; for to him who fears to decide, deliberation (which has a foretaste of that fear) soon becomes intolerably irksome, and the mind escapes from the anxiety of it into alien themes. Or if that seems too open a dereliction of its task, it gives itself to inventing...
Página 26 - It is scarcely necessary to dwell on the necessity of caution in bestowing confidence ; it is the highest favour in your power to confer, and deliberation enhances an act of kindness just as much as it aggravates an act of malice. ' Favours which seem to be dispensed upon an impulse, with an unthinking facility, are received like the liberalities of a spendthrift, and men thank God for them.
Página 180 - I would say, that what is most conducive to good appointments in the first instance, and thenceforward to deriving benefit from them, is to offer small remuneration to the beginner, with successive expectancies proportioned to the merits which he shall manifest, and of such increasing amount as shall be calculated to keep easy, through the progressive wants of single and married life, the mind of a prudent man. Upon such a system, if unfit men belonging to influential families shall make good an...
Página 181 - It is in the nature of most men, and especially of men of lively understandings, not to be well pleased if they find themselves at the end of any decade of their lives exactly in the same position which they occupied at the beginning. In sundry of their natural advantages men suffer a sensible decline with every lapse of ten years, and they look for an advance in fortunes to indemnify them for the backslidings of nature.
Página 75 - A washing of the weary traveller's feet, A quenching of his thirst, a sweet repose Alternate and preparative, in groves Where loving much the flower that loves the shade,. And loving much the shade that that flower loves, He yet is unbewilder'd, unenslaved, Thence starting light, and pleasantly let go, When serious service calls.
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