William Godwin: His Friends and Contemporaries, Volume 1

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H.S. King, 1876 - 387 pages

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Page 6 - When I can read my title clear To mansions in the skies, I'll bid farewell to every fear, And wipe my weeping eyes.
Page 210 - Nay, do not smile, but pity me, for once or twice, lifting my eyes from the paper, I have seen eyes glare through a glass door opposite my chair, and bloody hands shook at me. Not the distant sound of a footstep can I hear. My apartments are remote from those of the servants, the only persons who sleep with me in an immense hotel, one folding-door opening after another.
Page 233 - The partiality we conceived for each other was in that mode which I have always considered as the purest and most refined style of love. It grew with equal advances in the mind of each. It would have been impossible for the most minute observer to have said who was before and who was after.
Page 108 - What magic is there in the pronoun "my" to overturn the decisions of everlasting truth? My wife or my mother may be a fool or a prostitute, malicious, lying or dishonest. If they be, of what consequence is it that they are mine? • "But my mother endured for me the pains of child bearing, and nourished me in the helplessness of infancy.
Page 108 - Suppose the valet had been my brother, my father or my benefactor. This would not alter the truth of the proposition. The life of Fenelon would still be more valuable than that of the valet; and justice, pure, unadulterated justice, would still have preferred that which was most valuable. Justice would have taught me to save the life of Fenelon at the expense of the other. What magic is there in the pronoun "my...
Page 56 - How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord ; forever ? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
Page 330 - Ferdinand' Mendez Pinto was but a type of thee, thou liar of the first magnitude.
Page 201 - Contending for the rights of woman, my main argument is built on this simple principle, that if she be not prepared by education to become the companion of man, she will stop the progress of knowledge and virtue; for truth must be common to all, or it will be inefficacious with respect to its influence on general practice.
Page 210 - About nine o'clock this morning the King passed by my window, moving silently along, excepting now and then a few strokes on the drum, which rendered the stillness more awful, through empty streets, surrounded by the National Guards, who, clustering round the carriage, seemed to deserve their name. The inhabitants flocked to their windows, but the casements were all shut ; not a voice was heard, nor did I see anything like an insulting gesture. For the first time since I entered France I bowed to...
Page 221 - ... to the king, and at the expiration of the two years to give security for his good behaviour for seven years, himself in three thousand pounds, and two securities in one thousand each. His " Register" of the 14th of July is dated from Newgate.

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