Essays in a Series of Letters to a Friend on ...: I ... A Man's Writing Memoirs of Himself. II. Decision of Character. III. The Application of the Epithet Romantic ... IV. Some of the Causes by which Evangelical Religion Has Been Rendered Less Acceptable to Persons of Cultivated Taste ...

Lincoln and Gleason, 1807


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109 ページ - It implied an inconceivable severity of conviction that he had one thing to do, and that he who would do some great thing in this short life, must apply himself to the work with such a concentration of his forces, as, to idle spectators who live only to amuse themselves, looks like insanity.
186 ページ - For I know that in me, (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing ; for to will is present with me ; but how...
107 ページ - The moment of finishing his plans in deliberation, and commencing them in action, was the same. I wonder what must have been the amount of that bribe, in emolument or pleasure, that would have detained him a week inactive after their final adjustment. The law which carries water down a declivity, was not more unconquerable and invariable than the determination of his feelings toward the main object. The importance of this object held his faculties in a state of excitement which was too rigid to be...
95 ページ - ... a stubbornness of temper, which can assign no reasons but mere will, for a constancy which acts in the nature of dead weight rather than of strength ; resembling less the reaction of a powerful spring than the gravitation of a big stone.
23 ページ - It might be supposed that the scenes of nature, an amazing assemblage of phenomena, if their effect were not lost through familiarity, •would have a powerful influence on all opening minds, and transfuse into the internal economy of ideas and sentiment something of a character and a colour correspondent to the beauty, vicissitude, and grandeur which continually press on the senses. On minds of genius they often have this effect ; and Beattie's Minstrel may be as just as it is a fascinating description...
86 ページ - A man without decision can never be said to belong to himself; since, if he dared to assert that he did, the puny force of some cause, about as powerful, you would have supposed, as a spider, may make a seizure of the...
106 ページ - The first thing that drew his attention was a heap of coals, shot out of a cart on a pavement before a house. He offered himself to shovel or wheel them into the place where they were to be laid, and was employed.
44 ページ - I WILL imagine only one case more, on which you would emphatically express your compassion, though for one of the most daring beings in the creation, a contemner of God, who explodes his laws by denying his existence. If you were so unacquainted with mankind, that...
12 ページ - We are like a man returning, after the absence of many years, to visit the embowered cottage where he passed the morning of his life, and finding only a relic of its ruins.
107 ページ - ... anything like turbulence or agitation. It was the calmness of an intensity kept uniform by the nature of the human mind forbidding it to be more, and by the character of the individual forbidding it to be less.