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Página 24 - With a masculine understanding," and a stout and resolute heart, he had an application undissipated and unwearied. He took public business not as a duty which he was to fulfil, but as a pleasure he was to enjoy...
Página 47 - Be content to bind America by laws of trade, you have always done it. Let this be your reason for binding their trade. Do not burthen them by taxes ; you were not used to do so from the beginning. Let this be your reason for not taxing. These are the arguments of states and kingdoms. Leave the rest to the schools ; for there only they may be discussed with safety.
Página 33 - I knew well enough (it could not be concealed from any body) the true state of things ; but, in my life, I never came with so much spirits into this house. It was a time for a man to act in. We had powerful enemies ; but we had faithful and determined friends ; and a glorious cause.
Página 24 - He was bred to the law, which is, in my opinion, one of the first and noblest of human sciences; a science which does more to quicken and invigorate the understanding, than all the other kinds of learning put together; but it is not apt, except in persons very happily born, to open and to liberalize the mind exactly in the same proportion.
Página 34 - When, at length you had determined in their favour, and your doors, thrown open, showed them the figure of their deliverer in the well-earned triumph of his important victory, from the whole of that grave multitude there arose an involuntary burst of gratitude and transport.
Página 51 - I had rather bear the brunt of all his wit, and, indeed, blows much heavier, than stand answerable to God for embracing a system that tends to the destruction of some of the very best and fairest of His works. But I know the map of England as well as the noble lord, or as any other person ; and I know that the way I take is not the road to preferment.
Página 34 - I do not know how others feel ; but if I had stood in that situation, I never would have exchanged it for all that kings in their profusion could bestow.
Página 44 - ... in their ideas, what part they were going to take in any debate. It is astonishing how much this uncertainty, especially at critical times, called the attention of all parties on such men.
Página 42 - We are this day considering the effect of them. But he had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause ; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame — a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.