acted upon another principle; and in distinguishing between what was ancient and modern
, forgot, as it appears to me, that extensive neutral ground, the large proportion, that is, of manners and sentiments which are common to us and to our ancestors, having been handed down unaltered from them to us, or which, arising out of the principles of our common nature, must have existed alike in either state of society.
An oppressed class under the sway of the feudal nobility, an armed and self-governing association in the mediaeval commune; here independent urban republic (as in Italy and Germany), there taxable "third estate" of the monarchy (as in France), afterwards, in the period of manufacture proper, serving either the semi-feudal or the absolute monarchy as a counterpoise against the nobility, and, in fact, corner-stone of the great monarchies in general, the bourgeoisie has at last, since the establishment of Modern
Industry and of the world-market, conquered for itself, in the modern
representative State, exclusive political sway.
At the basis of the works of all the modern
historians from Gibbon to Buckle, despite their seeming disagreements and the apparent novelty of their outlooks, lie those two old, unavoidable assumptions.
It is because he has ministered with such marvellous vigour, and variety, and fine skill to this interest, that he is the most modern
, to modern
people the most important, of poets.
It is I, the modern
, who look back across the centuries and weigh and analyze the emotions and motives of Big-Tooth, my other self.
In my time, the encouragers of modern
painting were limited in number to a few noblemen and gentlemen of ancient lineage, who, in matters of taste, at least, never presumed to think for themselves.
With the ornaments on the walls and ceilings cleaned and brightened up, and with the heavy old-fashioned beds, chairs, and tables replaced by bright, pretty, and luxurious modern
furniture, these two promised to be at once the most attractive and the most comfortable bedchambers in the hotel.
and by the modern
Americans as God, Gold, Mob and Dog.
Life of Sir Thomas More (King's Classics, modern
English), by W.
This paradox, though different in form, is not really different from the remark which is often made in modern
times by those who would depreciate either the methods of education commonly employed, or the standard attained--that 'there is no true education among us.
In a word, a child of the modern
time--with the merits of the age we live in, and the failings of the age we live in--and a substance of sincerity and truth and feeling underlying it all.
The different elements contributed to the modern
English character by the latest stocks which have been united in it have been indicated by Matthew Arnold in a famous passage ('On the Study of Celtic Literature'): 'The Germanic [Anglo-Saxon and 'Danish'] genius has steadiness as its main basis, with commonness and humdrum for its defect, fidelity to nature for its excellence.
I will say nothing of the ways in which society has benefited by that power which has created modern
nations and has inspired so many poems, so much music, so many cathedrals, statues, and pictures.
cheap and fertile press, with all its translations, has done little to bring us nearer to the heroic writers of antiquity.
There are nearer approaches to modern
metaphysics in the Philebus and in the Sophist; the Politicus or Statesman is more ideal; the form and institutions of the State are more clearly drawn out in the Laws; as works of art, the Symposium and the Protagoras are of higher excellence.