Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honourable Sir James Mackintosh, Volume 1

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Little, Brown, 1853 - 525 páginas
 

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Página 117 - ... if the invention of the ship was thought so noble, which carrieth riches and commodities from place to place, and consociateth the most remote regions in participation of their fruits, how much more are letters to be magnified, which, as ships, pass through the vast seas of time, and make ages so distant to participate of the wisdom, illuminations, and inventions, the one of the other?
Página 305 - Fond impious man, think'st thou yon sanguine cloud Raised by thy breath, has quench'd the orb of day ? To-morrow he repairs the golden flood And warms the nations with redoubled ray. Enough for me : with joy I see The different doom our fates assign: Be thine Despair and sceptred Care, To triumph and to die are mine.
Página 321 - Every where natural, he carried into public something of that simple and negligent exterior which belonged to him in private. When he began to speak, a common observer might have thought him...
Página 99 - Grotius, who filled so large a space in the 'eye of his contemporaries, is now perhaps known to some of my readers only by name. Yet if we fairly estimate both his endowments and his virtues, we may justly consider him as one of the most memorable men who have done honour to modern times. He combined the discharge of the most important duties of active and public life, with the attainment of that exact and various learning which is generally the portion only of the recluse student. He was distinguished...
Página 153 - Father, who wouldest not the death of a sinner but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live...
Página 183 - One asylum of free discussion is still inviolate. There is still one spot in Europe where man can freely exercise his reason on the most important concerns of society, where he can boldly publish his judgment on the acts of the proudest and most powerful tyrants.
Página 323 - ... the progressive civilization of mankind ; by his ardent love for a country, of which the well-being and greatness were indeed inseparable from his own glory ; and by his profound reverence for that free constitution which he was universally admitted to understand better than any other man of his age, both in an exactly legal, and in a comprehensively philosophical sense *.
Página 118 - Pentateuch ; and let any man, if he is able, tell me in what important respects the rule of life has varied since that distant period. Let the Institutes of Menu be explored with the same view; we shall arrive at the same conclusion. Let the books of false religion be opened; it will be found that their moral system is, in all its grand features, the same.
Página 113 - But this is that which will indeed dignify and exalt knowledge, if contemplation and action may be more nearly and straitly conjoined and united together than they have been; a conjunction like unto that of the two highest planets, Saturn, the planet of rest and contemplation, and Jupiter, the planet of civil society and action.
Página 90 - Spoke highly of Johnson's prompt and vigorous powers in Conversation, and, on this ground, of Boswell's Life of him: Burke, he said, agreed with him: and affirmed, that this work was a greater monument to Johnson's fame; than all his writings put together.

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