Public ceremonies, such as ordinations, the installation of magistrates, and all that could give majesty to the forms in which a new government manifested itself
to the people, were, as a matter of policy, marked by a stately and well-conducted ceremonial, and a sombre, but yet a studied magnificence.
So, year after year, Silas Marner had lived in this solitude, his guineas rising in the iron pot, and his life narrowing and hardening itself
more and more into a mere pulsation of desire and satisfaction that had no relation to any other being.
not from the whole people of the whole Union--not from the Declaration of Independence--not from the people of the State itself
And when parties were pretty equally matched, the secret sympathy of the friends and favorers of the condemned person, availing itself
of the good-nature and weakness of others, might frequently bestow impunity where the terror of an example was necessary.
Whilst all authority in it will be derived from and dependent on the society, the society itself
will be broken into so many parts, interests, and classes of citizens, that the rights of individuals, or of the minority, will be in little danger from interested combinations of the majority.
But the limit as fixed by the nature of the drama itself
is this: the greater the length, the more beautiful will the piece be by reason of its size, provided that the whole be perspicuous.
His tall figure stretched itself
to its full height.
I do not mean by this that one substance cannot be more or less truly substance than another, for it has already been stated' that this is the case; but that no single substance admits of varying degrees within itself
Even as I spoke a new and strange idea formed itself
in my brain.
All this confusion, seen by the moon's light, presented a striking coup d'oeil; the half shadow enlarged every detail, and the light, that flatterer which only attaches itself
to the polished side of things, courted upon each rusty musket the point still left intact, and upon every rag of canvas the whitest and least sullied part.
IT should not be doubted that at least one-third of the affection with which we regard the elder poets of Great Britain should be-attributed to what is, in itself
, a thing apart from poetry-we mean to the simple love of the antique-and that, again, a third of even the proper poetic sentiment inspired by their writings should be ascribed to a fact which, while it has strict connection with poetry in the abstract, and with the old British poems themselves, should not be looked upon as a merit appertaining to the authors of the poems.
I have adjusted my instrument very satisfactorily (I mean the one I carry in my good square German head), and I am not afraid of losing a single drop of this valuable fluid, as it condenses itself
upon the plate of my observation.
Seneca saith well, That anger is like ruin, which breaks itself
upon that it falls.
We will begin with that part of the subject which naturally presents itself
first to our consideration.
When the memory of the first races felt itself
overloaded, when the mass of reminiscences of the human race became so heavy and so confused that speech naked and flying, ran the risk of losing them on the way, men transcribed them on the soil in a manner which was at once the most visible, most durable, and most natural.