And he who, having a sense of beautiful things has no sense of absolute beauty, or who, if another lead him to a knowledge of that beauty is unable to follow--of such an one I ask, Is he awake or in a dream only?
But take the case of the other, who recognises the existence of absolute beauty and is able to distinguish the idea from the objects which participate in the idea, neither putting the objects in the place of the idea nor the idea in the place of the objects-- is he a dreamer, or is he awake?
Now if an absolute monarch, with all these great and rare qualifications, should be allowed capable of conferring the greatest good on society; it must be surely granted, on the contrary, that absolute power, vested in the hands of one who is deficient in them all, is likely to be attended with no less a degree of evil.
In short, our own religion furnishes us with adequate ideas of the blessing, as well as curse, which may attend absolute power.
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute
rule into these Colonies:
The king of Great Britain is the sole and absolute representative of the nation in all foreign transactions.
The one would have a qualified negative upon the acts of the legislative body; the other has an absolute negative.
John Barleycorn sends his White Logic, the argent messenger of truth beyond truth, the antithesis of life, cruel and bleak as interstellar space, pulseless and frozen as absolute
zero, dazzling with the frost of irrefragable logic and unforgettable fact.
Maurice Grieffenhagen knew how to combine in his illustrations the effect of his own most distinguished personal vision with an absolute
fidelity to the inspiration of the writer.
Well, it may sound an odd thing to say, but what impressed me most of all was the absolute innocence of the place.
The poor despised Parisian may be a very wicked and depraved person, but certainly he goes about with an absolute unconsciousness of it upon his gay and kindly countenance.
That I knew the ingredients very well, which were cheap and common; I understood the manner of compounding them, and could direct his workmen how to make those tubes, of a size proportionable to all other things in his majesty's kingdom, and the largest need not be above a hundred feet long; twenty or thirty of which tubes, charged with the proper quantity of powder and balls, would batter down the walls of the strongest town in his dominions in a few hours, or destroy the whole metropolis, if ever it should pretend to dispute his absolute
commands." This I humbly offered to his majesty, as a small tribute of acknowledgment, in turn for so many marks that I had received, of his royal favour and protection.
The same title has been bestowed on Venice, where absolute
power over the great body of the people is exercised, in the most absolute
manner, by a small body of hereditary nobles.
In Germany they fight with the bourgeoisie whenever it acts in a revolutionary way, against the absolute
monarchy, the feudal squirearchy, and the petty bourgeoisie.
A tyranny then is, as has been said, a monarchy, where one person has an absolute
and despotic power over the whole community and every member therein: an oligarchy, where the supreme power of the state is lodged with the rich: a democracy, on the contrary, is where those have it who are worth little or nothing.