GRECIAN HISTORY

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Página 55 - Earth proudly wears the Parthenon, As the best gem upon her zone. And Morning opes with haste her lids To gaze upon the Pyramids; O'er England's abbeys bends the sky. As on its friends, with kindred eye; For out of thought's interior sphere These wonders rose to upper air...
Página 178 - When conquerors, they pursue their victory to the utmost ; when defeated, they fall back the least. Their bodies they devote to their country as though they belonged to other men ; their true self is their mind, which is most truly their own when employed in her service.
Página 178 - ... toil, which they are always imposing upon themselves. None enjoy their good things less, because they are always seeking for more. To do their duty is their only holiday, and they deem the quiet of inaction to be as disagreeable as the most tiresome business. If a man should say of them, in a word, that they were born neither to have peace themselves nor to allow peace to other men, he would simply speak the truth.
Página 214 - Greeks entered into during this war, and, in my opinion,' he adds, ' the greatest in which the Greeks were ever concerned ; the one most splendid for the conquerors and most disastrous for the conquered, for they suffered no common defeat, but were absolutely annihilated— land-army, fleet and all — and of many thousands only a handful ever returned home.
Página 185 - ... the claims of excellence. In this sense we are an aristocracy ; not of birth, for among us there is no privilege ; not of wealth, for poverty is a Bar to none ; but of merit ; a state in which every one who can benefit the city may do so without let or hindrance. " Such is the freedom of our political life, and in society we are equally without constraint. Everyone does what he pleases, without suspicion or offence.
Página 178 - When an enterprise succeeds, they have gained a mere instalment of what is to come; but if they fail, they at once conceive new hopes and so fill up the void. With them alone to hope is to have, for they lose not a moment in the execution of an idea. ... To do their duty is their only holiday, and they deem the quiet of inaction to be as disagreeable as the most tiresome business.

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