After apologizing for his ignorance, and reminding the audience that slav- ery was a poor school for the human intellect
and heart, he proceeded to narrate some of the facts in his own history as a slave, and in the course of his speech gave utterance to many noble thoughts and thrilling reflections.
But in his most convulsive struggles, and in the wildest vagaries of his intellect
, when no other thought retained its sober influence, he still showed an awful solicitude lest the black veil should slip aside.
It teaches us a lesson of humility, by impressing us with the imperfection of human powers, and by warning us of the many weak points where we are open to the attack of the great enemy of our race; it proves to us that we are in danger of being weak, when our vanity would fain soothe us into the belief that we arc most strong; it forcibly points out to us the vainglory of intellect
, and shows us the vast difference between a saving faith and the corollaries of a philosophical theology; and it teaches us to reduce our self-examination to the test of good works.
And he knew that higher intellects
than those of the Morse circle were to be found in the world.
The gravity of the situation, and the sharpness of the doctor's intellects
, as expressed in his eyes, made anything like a suppression of facts on my part a desperately dangerous experiment.
Among them, he said, he had found keen intellects
and brilliant wits, ministers of the Gospel who had been broken because their Christianity was too wide for any congregation of mammon- worshippers, and professors who had been broken on the wheel of university subservience to the ruling class.
A vast deal of searching and rummaging ensued, and it proving fruitless, Smike was called in, and pushed by Mrs Squeers, and boxed by Mr Squeers; which course of treatment brightening his intellects
, enabled him to suggest that possibly Mrs Squeers might have the spoon in her pocket, as indeed turned out to be the case.
We are underbred and low-lived and illiterate; and in this respect I confess I do not make any very broad distinction between the illiterateness of my townsman who cannot read at all and the illiterateness of him who has learned to read only what is for children and feeble intellects
There was nothing about him to indicate the fact that the grey jacket covered a loaded revolver, that the white waistcoat covered a police card, or that the straw hat covered one of the most powerful intellects
Yet see what strong intellects
dare not yet hear God himself unless he speak the phraseology of I know not what David, or Jeremiah, or Paul.
Remove that mist which dims the intellects
of mortals, and causes them to adore men for their art, or to detest them for their cunning, in deceiving others, when they are, in reality, the objects only of ridicule, for deceiving themselves.
The great trusts and business combinations (with which you have your rating) prevent us from rising to the place among you which our intellects
qualify us to occupy.
I do not say that his taste was the highest, or that it is the duty of great intellects
to be content with a bread- and-butter paradise, such as sufficed our simple old friend; but his desires were of this sort, whether for good or bad, and, with Amelia to help him, he was as ready to drink as many cups of tea as Doctor Johnson.
A very little reflection, when the capacity to reflect returned, convinced her that any attempt to identify Lady Glyde and to rescue her by legal means, would, even if successful, involve a delay that might be fatal to her sister's intellects
, which were shaken already by the horror of the situation to which she had been consigned.
The repast of that hour was wanting in the inharmonious accompaniment with which Esther ordinarily enlivened their meals; for the effects of the powerful opiate the Doctor had administered still muddled her intellects