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Page 111 - you have the honor of seeing the two greatest men in the world." " I don't know how great men you may be," said the Guinea man, " but I don't like your looks. I have often bought a man much better than both of you, all muscles and bones, for ten guineas.
Page 109 - ... something is taken. Society acquires new arts and loses old instincts. What a contrast between the wellclad, reading, writing, thinking American, with a watch, a pencil, and a bill of exchange in his pocket, and the naked New Zealander, whose property is a club, a spear, a mat, and an undivided twentieth of a shed to sleep under. But compare the health of the two men, and you shall see that his aboriginal strength the white man has lost.
Page 179 - Only thus much; by Hercules, I do hold it, and will affirm it before any prince in Europe, to be the most sovereign and precious weed that ever the earth tendered to the use of man.
Page 109 - If the traveller tell us truly, strike the savage with a broad-axe and in a day or two the flesh shall unite and heal as if you struck the blow into soft pitch, and the same blow shall send the white to his grave.
Page 128 - This is to give notice to all my Honourd Masters and Ladies and the' rest and of my loving Friends that my Lady Butterfield gives a challenge to ride a horse to leap a horse or run on foot or...
Page 38 - I have found," said the Duke, "that raw troops, however inferior to the old ones in manoeuvring, are far superior to them in downright hard fighting with the enemy : at Waterloo, the young ensigns and lieutenants, who had never before seen a battle, rushed to meet death as if they had been playing at cricket.
Page 337 - If, in the simple process of writing, one could physically impart to this page the fragrance of this spray of azalea beside me, what a wonder would it seem ! — and yet one ought to be able, by the mere use of language, to supply to every reader the total of that white, honeyed, trailing sweetness, which summer insects haunt and the Spirit of the Universe loves. The defect is not in language, but in men. There is no conceivable beauty of blossom so beautiful as words, — none so graceful, none...
Page 256 - Their existence blooms again in these violet-petals, glitters in the burnished beauty of these golden beetles, or enriches the veery's song. It is only out of doors that even death and decay become beautiful. The model farm, the most luxurious house, have their regions of unsightliness ; but the fine chemistry of nature is constantly clearing away all its impurities before our eyes, and yet so delicately that we never suspect the process. The most exquisite work of literary art exhibits a certain...
Page 297 - I think that, if required, on pain of death, to name instantly the most perfect thing in the universe, I should risk my fate on a bird's egg.