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Pagina 27 - Universal History, the history of what man has accomplished in this world, is at bottom the History of the Great Men who have worked here.
Pagina 181 - It was scarcely possible that the eyes of contemporaries should discover in the public felicity the latent causes of decay and corruption. This long peace, and the uniform government of the Romans, introduced a slow and secret poison into the vitals of the empire.
Pagina iv - We want all facts which help us to understand how a nation has grown and organized itself. Among these, let us of course have an account of its government ; with as little as may be of gossip about the men who officered it, and as much as possible about the structure, principles, methods, prejudices, corruptions...
Pagina v - Accompanying all which should come an account of the industrial arts technically considered: stating the processes in use, and the quality of the products. Further, the intellectual condition of the nation in its various grades should be depicted : not only with respect to the kind and amount of education, but with respect to the progress made in science, and the prevailing manner of thinking.
Pagina 246 - Well, there is one, and another, and another. The prominence remains, you see: the evil is as great as ever — greater, indeed. But this is not all. Look at the warp which the plate has got near the opposite edge. Where it was flat before it is now curved. A pretty bungle we have made of it. Instead of curing the original defect, we have produced a second. Had we asked an artizan practised in "planishing...
Pagina 246 - ... a thing you make of me. You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery; you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass; and there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.
Pagina 59 - Socially, as well as individually, organization is indispensable to growth : beyond a certain point there cannot be further growth without further organization.
Pagina iv - As in past ages the king was every thing and the people nothing ; so, in past histories, the doings of the king fill the entire picture, to which the national life forms but an obscure background. While only now, when the welfare of nations rather than of rulers is becoming the dominant idea, are historians beginning to occupy themselves with the phenomena of social progress. That which it really concerns us to know, is the natural history of society.