Essays and Miscellaneous Writings

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Charles N. Baldwin, 1826 - 179 sivua
 

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Sivu 26 - Thus the ideas, as well as children, of our youth, often die before us: and our minds represent to us those tombs to which we are approaching; where, though the brass and marble remain, yet the inscriptions are effaced by time, and the imagery moulders away. The pictures drawn in our minds are laid in fading colours; and if not sometimes refreshed, vanish and disappear.
Sivu 177 - First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen," was originally used in the resolutions presented to Congress on the death of Washington, December, 1799.
Sivu 102 - LATE noble author has most justly and elegantly defined custom to be, " The result of the passions and prejudices of many, and of the designs of a few; the ape of reason, who usurps her seat, exercises her power, and is obeyed by mankind in her stead.
Sivu 175 - Thus let me live, unseen, unknown; Thus unlamented let me die; Steal from the world, and not a stone Tell where I lie.
Sivu 96 - I had rather," he proceeds in his strong manner, " be torn in a thousand pieces, than relax my resolution of reaching the sublimest heights of virtue and knowledge. I am of opinion, that nothing is so arduous, nothing so admirable in human affairs, which may not be obtained by the industry of man. We are descended from heaven ; thither let us go, whence we derived our origin. Let nothing satisfy us lower than the summit of all excellence. This summit," says he, " I point out as the proper scope of...
Sivu 78 - These moments are hallowed by smiles and by tears ; The first look of love, and the last parting given ; As the sun, in the dawn of his glory, appears, And the cloud weeps and glows with the rainbow in Heaven. There are hours — there are minutes, which memory brings, Like blossoms of Eden, to twine round the heart...
Sivu 100 - You know what conversation I mean, for we lose the true advantage of our nature and constitution if we suffer the mind to come, as it were, to a stand. When the body, instead of acquiring new vigour, and tasting new pleasures, begins to decline, and is sated with pleasures or grown incapable of taking them, the mind may continue still to improve and indulge itself in new enjoyments. Every advance in knowledge opens a new scene of delight, and the joy that we feel in the actual possession of one...
Sivu 38 - Full many a gem of purest ray serene The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear, Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness in the desert air.
Sivu 100 - ... with pleasures, or grown incapable of taking them, the mind may continue still to improve and indulge itself in new enjoyments. Every advance in knowledge opens a new scene of delight; and the joy that we feel in the actual possession of one, will be heightened by that which we expect to find in another: so that, before we can exhaust this fund of successive pleasures, death will come to end our pleasures and our pains at once. " In his studiis laboribusque viventi, non intelligitur quando obrepit...
Sivu 78 - RETROSPECTION. THERE are moments in life that are never forgot, Which brighten and brighten as time steals away ; They give a new charm to the happiest lot, And they shine on the gloom of the loneliest day ! These moments are hallowed by smiles and by tears, — The first look of love, and the last parting given, — As the sun in the dawn of his glory appears, And the cloud weeps and glows with the rainbow in heaven.

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