I meant that a man may work for a special end with others whose motives and general course are equivocal, if he is quite sure of his personal independence, and that he is not working for his private interest--either place or money.
My personal independence is as important to me as yours is to you.
In the Philebus, probably one of the latest of the Platonic Dialogues, the conception of a personal
deity expressed under the figure of mind, the king of all, who is also the cause, is retained.
They will depend merely on the majority of votes in the federal legislature, and consequently each vote, whether proceeding from a larger or smaller State, or a State more or less wealthy or powerful, will have an equal weight and efficacy: in the same manner as the votes individually given in a State legislature, by the representatives of unequal counties or other districts, have each a precise equality of value and effect; or if there be any difference in the case, it proceeds from the difference in the personal
character of the individual representative, rather than from any regard to the extent of the district from which he comes.
Providence compelled all these men, striving to attain personal
aims, to further the accomplishment of a stupendous result no one of them at all expected- neither Napoleon, nor Alexander, nor still less any of those who did the actual fighting.
When uncultured minds, confined to a narrow range of personal
experience, are under the pressure of continued misfortune, their inward life is apt to become a perpetually repeated round of sad and bitter thoughts; the same words, the same scenes, are revolved over and over again, the same mood accompanies them; the end of the year finds them as much what they were at the beginning as if they were machines set to a recurrent series of movements.
A few years since, a young southern gentleman was in Cincinnati, with a favorite servant, who had been his personal
attendant from a boy.
When, therefore, capital is converted into common property, into the property of all members of society, personal
property is not thereby transformed into social property.
It had been apparent to both players and spectators for the past two moves, that Gahan was moving straight across the field into the enemy's country to seek personal
combat with the Orange Chief--that he was staking all upon his belief in the superiority of his own swordsmanship, since if the two Chiefs engage, the outcome decides the game.
The popular notion certainly adds a condition of ease and fortune; but that is a natural result of personal
force and love, that they should possess and dispense the goods of the world.
It is known that a woman named Anne Catherick, and bearing an extraordinary personal
resemblance to Lady Glyde, escaped from the Asylum; it is known that the person received there last July was received as Anne Catherick brought back; it is known that the gentleman who brought her back warned Mr.
life was as free as that of our instructors.
It is that which, being the immediate and visible guardian of life and property, having its benefits and its terrors in constant activity before the public eye, regulating all those personal
interests and familiar concerns to which the sensibility of individuals is more immediately awake, contributes, more than any other circumstance, to impressing upon the minds of the people, affection, esteem, and reverence towards the government.
It is too true, however disgraceful it may be to human nature, that nations in general will make war whenever they have a prospect of getting anything by it; nay, absolute monarchs will often make war when their nations are to get nothing by it, but for the purposes and objects merely personal
, such as thirst for military glory, revenge for personal
affronts, ambition, or private compacts to aggrandize or support their particular families or partisans.
When I met him afterwards, for the first time for many years, I found to my astonishment that he, who had been a quite tolerably presentable young man, had actually managed by sheer scorn to alter his personal
appearance until he had become a sort of walking repudiation of Oxford and all its traditions.