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Página 366 - If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus.
Página 403 - There was not a village in England that had not a ghost in it; the churchyards were all haunted; every large common had a circle of fairies belonging to it; and there was scarce a shepherd to be met with who had not seen a spirit.
Página 183 - The Grecian commonwealths, while they maintained their liberty, were the most heroic confederacy that ever existed. They were the politest, the bravest, and the wisest of men. In the short space of little more than a century, they became such statesmen, warriors, orators, historians, physicians, poets, critics, painters, sculptors, architects, and, last of all, philosophers, that one can hardly help considering that golden period as a providential event in honour of human nature, to show to what...
Página 401 - ... a man of that strictness of conscience, that he gave over the practice of the law, because he could not understand the reason of giving colour in pleadings, which as he thought was to tell a lie ; and that, with some other things commonly practised, seemed to him contrary to that exactness of truth and justice which became a Christian ; so that he withdrew himself from the inns of court, to live on his estate in the country.
Página 294 - I never addressed myself in the language of decency and friendship to a woman, whether civilized or savage, without receiving a decent and friendly answer. With man it has often been otherwise. In wandering over the barren plains of inhospitable Denmark, through honest Sweden...
Página 105 - Treatise on the Education of Daughters, translated from the French, and adapted to English Readers, with an original Chapter on Religious Studies.
Página 277 - There is no reason to suppose that any commodity has on this account risen in it* price or value. The cause that these evils do not now exist results from a change in the practice and opinion of the people, with reference to the principal measure of property. The Silver Coins are no longer the principal measure of property...
Página 113 - When they first landed, they were bands of fierce, ignorant, idolatrous, and superstitious pirates, enthusiastically courageous, but habitually cruel. Yet from such ancestors a nation has, in the course of twelve centuries, been formed, which, inferior to none in every moral and intellectual merit, is superior to every other in the love and possession of useful liberty: a nation which cultivates with equal success the elegancies of art, the ingenious labours of industry, the energies of war, the...