Coningsby, Or, The New Generation

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Page 17 - At school, friendship is a passion. It entrances the being; it tears the soul. All loves of after-life can never bring its rapture, or its wretchedness; no bliss so absorbing, no pangs of jealousy or despair so crushing and so keen! What tenderness and what devotion; what illimitable confidence, infinite revelations of inmost thoughts; what ecstatic present and romantic future...
Page 41 - Lepanto at twenty-five, the greatest battle of modern time; had it not been for the jealousy of Philip, the next year he would have been Emperor of Mauritania. Gaston de Foix was only twenty-two when he stood a victor on the plain of Ravenna. Every one remembers Conde and Rocroy at the same age.
Page 7 - Twas a pity; there is scarcely a less dignified entity than a patrician in a panic. Among the most intimate companions of Coningsby at Eton, was Lord Henry Sydney, his kinsman.
Page 25 - Commerce requested a code; trade required a currency; the unfranchised subject solicited his equal privilege; suffering labour clamoured for its rights; a new race demanded education. What did the ministry do? They fell into a panic. Having fulfilled during their lives the duties of administration, they were frightened because they were called upon, for the first time, to perform the functions of government. Like all weak men, they had recourse to what they called strong measures.
Page 119 - Nevertheless, if we are forced to revolutions, let us propose to our consideration the idea of a free monarchy, established on fundamental laws, itself the apex of a vast pile of municipal and local government, ruling an educated people, represented by a free and intellectual press.
Page 17 - ... rapture, or its wretchedness ; no bliss so absorbing, no pangs of jealousy or despair so crushing and so keen ! What tenderness and what devotion ; what illimitable confidence ; infinite revelations of inmost thoughts ; what ecstatic present and romantic future ; what bitter estrangements and what melting reconciliations ; what scenes of wild recrimination, agitating explanations, passionate correspondence ; what insane sensitiveness, and what frantic sensibility ; what earthquakes of the heart...
Page 41 - Arragon himself; he was Pope as Leo X. at thirty-seven. Luther robbed even him of his richest province at thirty-five. Take Ignatius Loyola and John Wesley ; they worked with young brains. Ignatius was only thirty when he made his pilgrimage and wrote the
Page 85 - In consequence of what transpired at Madrid, I went straight to Paris to consult the President of the French Council; I beheld the son of a French Jew, a hero, an imperial marshal, and very properly so, for who should be military heroes if not those who worship the Lord of Hosts ?"
Page 137 - What we want, sir, is not to fashion new dukes and furbish up old baronies, but to establish great principles which may maintain the realm and secure the happiness of the people. Let me see authority once more honoured ; a solemn reverence again the habit of our lives ; let me see property acknowledging, as in the old days of faith, that labour is his twin brother, and that the essence of all tenure is the performance of duty...
Page 60 - Sijarp, who had taken what is called " a leading part" in the town on every "crisis" that had occurred since 1830; one of those zealous patriots who had got up penny subscriptions for gold cups to Lord Grey; cries for the bill, the whole bill, and nothing but the bill...

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