The Birth of Modern Italy: Posthumous Papers of Jessie White Mario

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T. F. Unwin, 1909 - 354 páginas
 

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Página 99 - We shall march prospering, - not thro' his presence; Songs may inspirit us, - not from his lyre; Deeds will be done, - while he boasts his quiescence, Still bidding crouch whom the rest bade aspire: Blot out his name, then, record one lost soul more, One task more declined, one more footpath untrod, One more devil's triumph and sorrow for angels, One wrong more to man, one more insult to God!
Página 84 - ... and whatever I may think of his practical insight and skill in worldly affairs, I can with great freedom testify to all men that he, if I have ever seen one such, is a man of genius and virtue, a man of sterling veracity, humanity, and nobleness of mind, one of those rare men, numerable unfortunately but as units in this world, who are worthy to be called martyr souls ; who in silence, piously in their daily life, understand and practise what is meant by that.
Página 85 - Secretary does himself detest such, and even is afraid to employ them. He dare not ; it would be dangerous for him ! All British men that might chance to come in view of such a transaction would incline to spurn it, and trample on it, and indignantly ask him what he meant by it ? — I am, Sir, your obedient servant. " THOMAS CARLYLE.
Página 62 - ... but I would make you frown or scorn. We have a different conception of life, and are condemned here down to walk on two parallels. Still it is the feeling of those duties that saves me from the atheism of despair, and leads me through a life every day more barren and burdensome, in a sort of calm composed manner — such, I repeat, as the consciousness of something everlasting within us claims from every living mortal. For...
Página 85 - ... scoundrelism, be not resorted to in England, except in cases of the very last extremity. When some new Gunpowder Plot may be in the wind, some double-dyed high treason, or imminent national wreck not avoidable otherwise, then let us open letters — not till then. " To all Austrian Kaisers and such like, in their time of trouble, let us answer, as our fathers from of old have answered : — Not by such means is help here for you.
Página 85 - Italian democracies and young Italy's sorrows, of extraneous Austrian Emperors in Milan, or poor old chimerical Popes in Bologna, I know nothing, and desire to know nothing ; but this other thing I do know, and can here declare publicly to be a fact, which fact all of us that have occasion to comment on Mr. Mazzini and his affairs may do well to take along with us, as a thing leading towards new clearness, and not towards new additional darkness, regarding him and them.
Página 84 - Mazzini for a series of years ; and whatever I may think of his practical insight and skill in worldly affairs, I can with great freedom testify to all men that he, if I have ever seen one such, is a man of genius and virtue, a man of sterling veracity, humanity, and nobleness of mind, one of those rare men, numerable unfortunately but as units in this world, who are worthy to be called martyr souls...
Página 62 - ... you have been conjuring up. It is only you who can teach yourself that, whatever the present may be, you must front it with dignity, with a clear perception of all your duties, with a due reverence...
Página 64 - Can you, in a word, l<rcc them less because they are far from sight ? I have often thought that the arrangement by which loved and loving beings are to pass through death is nothing but the last experiment appointed by God to human love...
Página 62 - Beset by pain or not, we must go on with a sad smile and a practical encouragement from one another. We have something of our own to care about, something godlike that we must not yield to any living creature, whoever it be. Your life proves an empty thing, you say ! Empty ! Do not blaspheme. Have you never done good ? Have you never loved? Think of your mother, and do good— set the eye to Providence.

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