National Portrait Gallery of Illustrious and Eminent Personages of the Nineteenth Century, Том 1

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Сторінка 4 - I envy no quality of mind or intellect in others, be it genius, power, wit, or fancy ; but if I could choose what would be most delightful, and I believe most useful to me, I should prefer a firm religious belief to every other blessing ; for it makes life a discipline of goodness; creates new hopes when all earthly hopes vanish ; and throws over the decay, the destruction of existence^ the most gorgeous of all lights ; awakens life even in death, and from corruption and decay calls up beauty and...
Сторінка 6 - Mr. Fox united, in a most remarkable degree, the seemingly repugnant characters of the mildest of men and the most vehement of orators.
Сторінка 3 - In my opinion, profound minds are the most likely to think lightly of the resources of human reason ; and it is the pert superficial thinker who is generally strongest in every kind of unbelief. The deep philosopher sees chains of causes and effects so wonderfully and strangely linked together, that he is usually the last person to decide upon the impossibility of any two series of events being independent of each other ; and in science, so many natural miracles, as it...
Сторінка 2 - from play to study; never be doing nothing' — I say, 'Frequently be unemployed; sit and think.' There are on every subject but a few leading and fixed ideas; their tracks may be traced by your onm genius as well as by reading.
Сторінка 6 - His superiority was never felt but in the instruction which he imparted, or in the attention which his generous preference usually directed to the more obscure members of the company. The simplicity of his manners was far from excluding that perfect urbanity and amenity which flowed still more from the mildness of his nature than from familiar intercourse with the most polished society of Europe.
Сторінка 3 - But man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes and pompous in the grave, solemnizing nativities and deaths with equal luster, nor omitting ceremonies of bravery in the infamy of his nature.
Сторінка 4 - The deep philosopher sees chains of causes and effects so wonderfully and strangely linked together, that he is usually the last person to decide upon the impossibility of any two series of events being independent of each other ; and, in science, so many natural miracles, as it were, have been brought to light, — such as the fall of stones from meteors in the atmosphere, the disarming a...

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