Life of the Right Honourable William Pitt: With Extracts from His Ms. Papers, Volume 1

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Pagina 104 - This is the road that all heroes have trod before him. He is traduced and abused for his supposed motives. He will remember that obloquy is a necessary ingredient in the composition of all true glory ; he will remember that it was not only in the Roman customs, but it is in the nature and constitution of things, that calumny and abuse are essential parts of triumph.
Pagina 104 - We, we have seen the intellectual race Of giants stand, like Titans, face to face — Athos and Ida, with a dashing sea Of eloquence between, which flow'd all free, As the deep billows of the ^Egean roar Betwixt the Hellenic and the Phrygian shore.
Pagina 105 - He has faults; but they are faults that, though they may in a small degree tarnish the lustre, and sometimes impede the march of his abilities, have nothing in them to extinguish the fire of great virtues. In those faults, there is no mixture of deceit, of hypocrisy, of pride, of ferocity, of complexional despotism, or want of feeling for the distresses of mankind. His are faults which might exist in a descendant of Henry the Fourth of France, as they did exist in that father of his country.
Pagina 364 - Happy if learning, not debauched by ambition, had been satisfied to continue the instructor, and not aspired to be the master! Along with its natural protectors and guardians, learning will be cast into the mire, and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude*.
Pagina 364 - But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded ; and the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever.
Pagina 336 - Forgiveness to the injured does belong ; But they ne'er pardon who have done the wrong.
Pagina 217 - Above the rest, majestically great, Behold the infant Atlas of the state, The matchless miracle of modern days ; In whom Britannia to the world displays A sight to make surrounding nations stare ; A kingdom trusted to a schoolboy's care...
Pagina 2 - Indeed," says Horace Walpole, in his lively style, " one is forced to ask every " morning what victory there is, for fear of missing " one !
Pagina 284 - Pitt recommended me to undertake its conduct as a subject suited to my character and talents. At length, I well remember, after a conversation in the open air, at the root of an old tree at Holwood, just above the steep descent into the vale of Keston, I resolved to give notice, on a fit occasion, in the House of Commons, of my intention to bring the subject forward.
Pagina 105 - He never can exceed what he does this day. He has faults ; but they are faults that, though they may in a small degree tarnish the lustre, and sometimes impede the march of his abilities, have nothing in them to extinguish the fire of great virtues. In those faults there is no mixture of deceit, of hypocrisy, of pride, of ferocity, of complexional despotism, or want of feeling for the distresses of mankind.

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