Men and Matters

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1914 - 451 стор.
 

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Сторінка 440 - Just when we are safest, there's a sunset-touch, A fancy from a flower-bell, some one's death, A chorus-ending from Euripides, And that's enough for fifty hopes and fears As old and new at once as nature's self, To rap and knock and enter in our soul, Take hands and dance there, a fantastic ring, Round the ancient idol, on his base again, The grand Perhaps ! We look on helplessly.
Сторінка 162 - I now had opinions; a creed, a doctrine, a philosophy; in one among the best senses of the word, a religion; the inculcation and diffusion of which could be made the principal outward purpose of a life.
Сторінка 169 - Whatever power such a being may have over me, there is one thing which he shall not do — he shall not compel me to worship him. I will call no being good, who is not what I mean when I apply that epithet to my fellow creatures ; and if such a being can sentence me to hell for not so calling him, to hell I will go.
Сторінка 169 - glad tidings " that there exists a Being in whom all the excellences which the highest human mind can conceive, exist in a degree inconceivable to us, I am informed that the world is ruled by a being whose attributes are infinite, but what they are we cannot learn, nor what are the principles of his government, except that " the highest human morality which we are capable of conceiving " does not sanction them ; convince me of it, and I will bear my fate as I may.
Сторінка 190 - When this pre-eminent genius is combined with the qualities of probably the greatest moral reformer and martyr to that mission who ever existed upon earth, religion cannot be said to have made a bad choice in pitching on this man as the ideal representative and guide of humanity...
Сторінка 163 - Shelley: but in thought and intellect, Shelley, so far as his powers were developed in his short life, was but a child compared with what she ultimately became.
Сторінка 10 - That kissed the maiden all forlorn, That milked the cow with the crumpled horn, That tossed the dog That worried the cat That killed the rat That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built.
Сторінка 136 - I mean false liberty of thought or the exercise of thought upon matters, in which, from the constitution of the human mind, thought cannot be brought to any successful issue, and therefore is out of place.
Сторінка 17 - We are not indebted to the reason of man for any of the great achievements which are the landmarks of human action and human progress.
Сторінка 32 - Now, Sir, the lord high admiral on that occasion was very much misrepresented. He, too, was called a traitor, and he, too, vindicated himself. " True it is," said he, " I did place myself at the head of this valiant armada — true it is that my Sovereign embraced me — true it is that all the muftis in the empire offered up prayers for my success ; but I have an objection to war.

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