Historical Readings for the Use of Teachers' Reading Circles

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American Book Company, 1893 - 424 páginas
 

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Página 43 - The perfect historian is he in whose work the character and spirit of an age is exhibited in miniature. He relates no fact, he attributes no expression to his characters, which is not authenticated by sufficient testimony. But by judicious selection, rejection, and arrangement, he gives to truth those attractions which have been usurped by fiction.
Página 124 - He married my sisters with five pound, or twenty nobles apiece, so that he brought them up in godliness and fear of God. He kept hospitality for his poor neighbours, and some alms he gave to the poor.
Página 338 - Death is there associated, not, as in Westminster Abbey and St Paul's, with genius and virtue, with public veneration and with imperishable renown; not, as in our humblest churches and churchyards, with everything that is most endearing in social and domestic charities; but with whatever is darkest in human nature and in human destiny, with the savage triumph of implacable enemies, with the inconstancy, the ingratitude, the cowardice of friends, with all the miseries of fallen greatness and of blighted...
Página 216 - He was superior to all those passions and affections which attend vulgar minds, and was guilty of no other ambition than of knowledge, and to be reputed a lover of all good men ; and that made him too much a contemner of those arts, which must be indulged in the transactions of human affairs.
Página 378 - race is not always to the swift, or the battle to the strong.
Página 285 - Abdallah was restored to the station ot his ancestors ; and the judicious matron was content with his domestic virtues, till, in the fortieth year of his age,(68) he assumed the title of a prophet, and proclaimed the religion of the Koran. According to the tradition of his companions, Mahomet(69) was distinguished by the beauty of his person, an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
Página 43 - ... testimony. But by judicious selection, rejection, and arrangement, he gives to truth those attractions which have been usurped by fiction. In his narrative, a due subordination is observed ; some transactions are prominent, others retire. But the scale on which he represents them is increased or diminished, not according to the dignity of the persons concerned in them, but according to the degree in which they elucidate the condition of society and the nature of man. He shows us the court, the...
Página 50 - It was due, above all, to the great satirist, who alone knew how to use ridicule without abusing it, who, without inflicting a wound, effected a great social reform, and who reconciled wit and virtue after a long and disastrous separation, during which wit had been led astray by profligacy and virtue by fanaticism.
Página 253 - Cromwell put on his hat, and, springing from his place, exclaimed, " Come, come, sir, I will put an end to your prating." For a few seconds, apparently in the most violent agitation, he paced forward and backward, and then, stamping on the floor, added : " You are no parliament ; I say you are no parliament ; bring them in, bring them in." Instantly the door opened, and Colonel Worsley entered, followed by more than twenty musketeers. " This," cried Sir Henry Vane, " is not honest ; it is against...
Página 338 - In the mean time many handkerchiefs were dipped in the Duke's blood ; for by a large part of the multitude he was regarded as a martyr who had died for the Protestant religion. The head and body were placed in a coffin covered with black velvet, and were laid privately under the communion-table of St.

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