Speeches of Henry Lord Brougham, Upon Questions Relating to Public Rights, Duties, and Interests: With Historical Introductions, and a Critical Dissertation Upon the Eloquence of the Ancients, Volume 3

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Page 243 - Give a child the habit of sacredly regarding truth — of carefully respecting the property of others — -of scrupulously abstaining from all acts of improvidence which can involve him in distress — and he will just as little think of lying, or cheating, or stealing, or running in debt, as of rushing into an element in which he cannot breathe.
Page 610 - I take to be the wrong way — if, unfortunately, the first be answered in the affirmative, and the second in the negative, and it...
Page 603 - He meditates and prepares in secret the plans which arc to bless mankind ; he slowly gathers round him those who are to further their execution; he quietly, though firmly, advances in his humble path, laboring steadily, but calmly, till he has opened to the light all the recesses of ignorance, and torn up by the roots the weeds of vice. His is a progress not to be compared with...
Page 96 - As men will no longer suffer themselves to be led blindfold in ignorance, so will they no more yield to the vile principle of judging and treating their fellow-creatures, not according to the intrinsic merit of their actions, but according to the accidental and involuntary coincidence of their opinions. The Great Truth has finally gone forth to all the ends of the earth, THAT MAN SHALL NO MORE RENDER ACCOUNT TO MAN TOR HIS BELIEF, OVER WHICH HE HAS HIMSELF NO CONTROL.
Page 85 - ... moralists, and perhaps more than all these, the preachers of the Augustan age of English letters, do not imagine that I would pass over their great defects, when compared with the renowned standards of severe taste in ancient times. Addison may have been pure and elegant ; Dryden airy and nervous ; Taylor witty and fanciful ; Hooker weighty and various ; but none of them united force with beauty — the perfection of matter with the most refined and chastened style ; and, to one charge all, even...
Page 86 - In nothing, not even in beauty of collocation and harmony of rhythm, is the vast superiority of the chaste, vigorous, manly style of the Greek orators and writers more conspicuous than in the abstinent use of their prodigious faculties of expression. A single phrase — sometimes a word — and the work is done — the desired impression is made, as it were, with one stroke, there being nothing superfluous interposed to weaken the blow, or break its fall.
Page 97 - THAT MAN SHALL NO MORE RENDER ACCOUNT TO MAN FOR HIS BELIEF, OVER WHICH HE HAS HIMSELF NO CONTROL. Henceforword, nothing shall prevail upon us to praise or to blame any one for that which he can no more change than he can the hue of his skin or the height of his stature.
Page 87 - Mark, I do beseech you, the severe simplicity, the subdued tone of the diction, in the most touching parts of the " old man Eloquent's
Page 12 - In Scauri oratione sapientis hominis et recti, gravitas summa, et naturalis quaedam inerat auctoritas, non ut causam, sed ut testimonium dicere putares. Significabat enim non prudentiam solum, sed, quod maxime rem continebat, fidem."* Considering his exalted station at the bar, his pure and unsullied character, and the large space which he filled in the...

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