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Page 180 - Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions ; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.
Page 1 - What Art was to the ancient world, Science is to the modern : the distinctive faculty. In the minds of men the useful has succeeded to the beautiful. Instead of the city of the Violet Crown, a Lancashire village has expanded into a mighty region of factories and warehouses.
Page 175 - There are families in this country," he continued, " of both the great historical parties, that in the persecution of their houses, the murder and proscription of some of their most illustrious members, found judges as unjust and relentless in an open jury of their countrymen, as we did in the conclaves of Madrid and Seville." " Where then would you look for hope ?" " In what is more powerful than laws and institutions, and without which the best laws and the most skilful institutions may be a dead...
Page 262 - CONINGSBY. impulse could scarcely overcome. But he is experienced in debate ; quick in reply, fertile in resource ; takes large views ; and frequently compensates for a dry and hesitating manner by the expression of those noble truths, that flash across the fancy, and rise spontaneously to the lip, of men of poetic temperament when addressing popular assemblies.
Page 173 - You will observe one curious trait," said Sidonia to Coningsby, "in the history of this country. The depository of power is always unpopular. All combine against it. It always falls. Power was deposited in the great Barons. The Church, using the King for its instrument, crushed the great Barons. Power was deposited in the Church. The King, bribing the Parliament, plundered the Church. Power was deposited in the King. The Parliament, using the People, beheaded the King, expelled the King, changed...
Page 207 - Almost every great composer, skilled musician, almost every voice that ravishes you with its transporting strains, spring from our tribes. The catalogue is too vast to enumerate; too illustrious to dwell for a moment on secondary names, however eminent. Enough for us that the three great creative minds to whose exquisite inventions all nations at this moment yield; Rossini, Meyerbeer, Mendelssohn, are of Hebrew race; and little do your men of fashion, your
Page 102 - ... day that there were two educations, one which his position required, and another which was demanded by the world. " French, my dear Harry," he continued, " is the key to this second education. In a couple of years or so you will enter the world; it's a different thing to what you read about.
Page 131 - Sidonia had exhausted all the sources of human knowledge ; he was master of the learning of every nation, of all tongues dead or living, of every literature, Western and Oriental.
Page 203 - Christiano, a Jew of Arragon. 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...