Beaconsfield

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Methuen & Company, 1904 - 212 pages
 

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Page 160 - But, gentlemen, as time advanced it was not difficult to perceive that extravagance was being substituted for energy by the government. The unnatural stimulus was subsiding. Their paroxysms ended in prostration. Some took refuge in melancholy, and their eminent chief alternated between a menace and a sigh. As I sat opposite the treasury bench the ministers reminded me of one of those marine landscapes not very unusual on the coast of South America. You behold a range of exhausted volcanoes. Not a...
Page 120 - I can only liken it to one of those earthquakes which take place in Calabria or Peru; there was a rumbling murmur, a groan, a shriek, a sound of distant thunder. No one knew whether it came from the top or the bottom of the House. There was a rent, a fissure in the ground; and then a village disappeared ; then a tall tower toppled down ; and the whole of the Opposition benches became one great dissolving view of anarchy.
Page 77 - I care not what may be the position of a man who never originates an idea — a watcher of the atmosphere, a man who, as he says, takes his observations, and when he finds the wind in a certain quarter, trims to suit it.
Page 31 - by particular desire,' to Mrs. Wyndham Lewis, a pretty little woman, a flirt, and a rattle ; indeed, gifted with a volubility I should think unequalled, and of which I can convey no idea. She told me that she ' liked silent, melancholy men.' I answered
Page 96 - ... form an administration, had returned to office. But internal feuds between Lord John and Lord Palmerston had led to the resignation of the latter, and then to the tit for tat which caused the defeat of the former. In February 1852, Lord Stanley (Lord Derby) had by this time become Prime Minister, with Disraeli as Chancellor of the Exchequer and leader in the House of Commons. It was at this moment that Ruskin wrote his letters. In the first of these, after a passing sneer at Disraeli as a mere...
Page 17 - To the best and greatest of men I dedicate these volumes. He for whom it is Intended will accept and appreciate the compliment; those for whom It is not intended will — do the same.
Page 94 - I see before me," Disraeli declared in a famous speech, " a numerous and powerful party, animated by chiefs whose opinions in favour of all that can advance the cause of pure democracy have been openly proclaimed. All unite in the march of the caravan towards the heart of the desert, and if there be those who then discover that the fountain which allures them on is but the mirage it will be too late to return. ... If England is to continue free, she must rest upon the intermediate institutions, which...
Page 68 - ... Ireland, not by satisfying agitators, not by adopting in despair the first quack remedy that was offered from either side of the House, but by really penetrating into the mystery of this great misgovernment, so as to bring about a state of society which would be advantageous both to England and to Ireland, and which would put an end to a state of things that was the bane of England and the opprobrium of Europe.
Page 159 - I am of that school of statesmen who are favourable to a turbulent and aggressive diplomacy. I have resisted it during a great part of my life. I am not unaware that the relations of England to Europe have undergone a vast change during the century that has just elapsed. The relations of England to Europe are not the same as they were in the days of Lord Chatham or Frederick the Great.
Page 77 - I do say that my conception of a great statesman is of one who represents a great idea — an idea which may lead him to power — an idea with which he may identify himself — an idea which he may develop — an idea which he may and can impress on the mind and conscience of a nation.

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