Essays and Lectures on Social and Political Subjects

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Macmillan and Company, 1872 - 368 pages
 

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Page 291 - Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O, no ! it is an ever-fixed mark, That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Page 64 - We should think it a very foolish sort of benevolence which led a surgeon to let his patient's disease progress to a fatal issue, rather than inflict pain by an operation.
Page 207 - Dissolvents of the old European system of dominant ideas and facts we must all be, all of us who have any power of working; what we have to study is that we may not be acrid dissolvents of it' Melville scored this paragraph, and underlined 'acrid dissolvents.
Page 240 - This, however, is not the right of one but of all. All are endowed with faculties. All are bound to fulfil the Divine will by exercising them. All therefore must be free to do those things in which the exercise of them consists. That is, all must have rights to liberty of action.
Page 186 - Want of thoroughness and foundation ; want of system ; slovenliness and showy superficiality; inattention to rudiments ; undue time given to accomplishments, and those not taught intelligently or in any scientific manner ; want of organisation these may sufficiently indicate the character of the complaints we have received in their most general aspect.
Page 207 - ... from times not modern. In this system their life has to be carried forward, yet they have a sense that this system is not of their own creation, that it by no means corresponds exactly with the wants of their actual life, that, for them, it is customary, not rational. The awakening of this sense is the awakening of the modern spirit. The modern spirit is now awake almost everywhere ; the sense of want of correspondence between the forms of modern Europe and its spirit...
Page 206 - In this system their life has to be carried forward ; yet they have a sense that this system is not of their own creation, that it by no means corresponds exactly with the wants of their actual life, that for them it is customary, not rational. The awakening of this sense is * A Lecture delivered at Newcastle. November 13th, 1871. the awakening of the modern spirit.
Page 188 - There is only one means of securing this competency, and that is by providing for all English women of the middle class the opportunity of higher liberal education. Culture must begin from above and work downwards, operating first on those who have to diffuse it, and making knowledge more general and more cheap than it has been among women. We must begin by teaching not only all the actual but all the possible teachers, that is, women at large.
Page 128 - We remarked that if the capital taken in loans is abstracted from funds either engaged in production or destined to be employed in it, their diversion from that purpose is equivalent to taking the amount from the wages of the laboring classes.

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