Horae Sabbaticae: Reprint of Articles Contributed to the Saturday Review, Volumen 2

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Página 401 - I will not dissemble the first emotions of joy on the recovery of my freedom, and, perhaps, the establishment of my fame. But my pride was soon humbled, and a sober melancholy was spread over my mind, by the idea that I had taken an everlasting leave of an old and agreeable companion, and that whatsoever might be the future fate of my History, the life of the historian must be short and precarious.
Página 401 - It was on the day, or rather night, of the 27th of June 1787, between the hours of eleven and twelve, that I wrote the last lines of the last page, in a summer-house in my garden. After laying down my pen, I took several turns in a berceau, or covered walk of acacias, which commands a prospect of the country, the lake, and the mountains. The air was temperate, the sky was serene, the silver orb of the moon was reflected from the waters, and all nature was silent.
Página 143 - Political power, then, I take to be a right of making laws with penalties of death, and consequently all less penalties, for the regulating and preserving of property, and of employing the force of the community, in the execution of such laws, and in the defence of the commonwealth from foreign injury; and all this only for the public good.
Página 144 - The state of Nature has a law of Nature to govern it, which obliges every one, and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions...
Página 407 - I was unable to resist the weight of historical evidence, that within the same period most of the leading doctrines of popery were already introduced in theory and practice : nor was my conclusion absurd, that miracles are the test of truth; and that the church must be orthodox and pure, which was so often approved by the visible interposition of the Deity.
Página 29 - For there is no such finis ultimus (utmost aim), nor summum bonum (greatest good), as is spoken of in the books of the old moral philosophers. Nor can a man any more live whose desires are at an end than he whose senses and imaginations are at a stand. Felicity is a continual progress of the desire from one object to another, the attaining of the former being still but the way to the latter.
Página 343 - Who, born within the last forty years, has read one word of Collins, and Toland, and Tindal, and Chubb, and Morgan, and that whole race who called themselves Freethinkers ? Who now reads Bolingbroke ! Who ever read him through?
Página 401 - After a fleeting illusive hope, prudence condemned me to acquiesce in the humble station of a mute. I was not armed by Nature and education with the intrepid energy of mind and voice, Vincentem strepitus, et natum rebus agendis. Timidity was fortified by pride, and even the success of my pen discouraged the trial of my voice.
Página 415 - Dean of St. Paul's. THACKERAY. By ANTHONY TROLLOPE. BURKE. By JOHN MORLEY. MILTON. By MARK PATTISON. HAWTHORNE. By HENRY JAMES.
Página 413 - Vols. VOLTAIRE, i Vol. | ROUSSEAU. 2 Vols. DIDEROT AND THE ENCYCLOPAEDISTS. 2 Vols. ON COMPROMISE, i Vol. | MISCELLANIES. 3 Vols. BURKE, i Vol. | STUDIES IN LITERATURE, i Vol. Science and a Future Life, and other Essays. By FWH MYERS, MA Records of Tennyson, Ruskin, and Browning.

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