James, and political justice in the happy haunts of Montacute Forest. The bishop had voted for the Church Temporalities Bill in , which at one swoop had suppressed ten Irish episcopates. This was a queer s. True it is that Whiggism was then in the ascendant, and two years afterwards, when Whiggism had received a heavy blow and great discourage- ment ; when we had been blessed in the interval with a decided though feeble Conservative administration, and were blessed at the moment with a strong though undecided Conservative opposition ; his lordship, with characteristic activity, had galloped across country iflto the right Hne again, denounced the Appropriation Clause in a spirit worthy of his earlier days, and, quite forgetting the ten Irish Bishoprics, that only four and twenty months before he had doomed to destruction, was all for proselytising Ireland again by the efiScacious means of Irish Protestant bishops.
The Bishop was high church, and would not himself have made a bad cardinal, being polished and plausible, well- lettered, yet quite a man of the world. He was fond of society, and justified his taste in this respect by the flatter- ing belief that by his presence he was extending the power of the Church ; certainly favouring an ambition which could not be described as being moderate. The odds were not to be despised. There were two Monsignores in the room besides the Cardinal, but the Bishop was a man of con- trivance and resolution, not easily disheartened or defeated. Nor was he without allies.
He did not count much on the University don, who was to arrive on the morrow in the shape of the head of an Oxford house, though he was a don of magnitude. This eminent personage had already let Lothair slip from his influence. But the Bishop had a subtle counsellor in his chaplain, who wore as good a cassock as any Monsignore, and he brought with him also a trusty archdeacon in a purple coat, whose countenance was quite entitled to a place in the Acta Sanctorum. It was amusing to observe the elaborate courtesy and more than Christian kindness which the rival prelates and their official followers extended to each other.
He combined a great talent for action with very limited powers of thought. Bustling, energetic, versatile, gifted with an indomitable perseverance, and stimulated by an ambition that knew no repose, with a capacity for mastering details and an inordinate passion for affairs, he could permit nothing to be done without his interference, and con- sequently was perpetually involved in transactions which were either failures or blunders.
He was one of those leaders who are not guides. Having little real knowledge, and not endowed with those high qualities of intellect which permit their possessor to generalise the details afforded by study and experience, and so deduce rules of conduct, his lordship, when he received those frequent appeals which were the necessary consequence of his officious life, became obscure, confused, contradictory, inconsistent, illogical. Placed in a high post in an age of political analysis, the bustling intermeddler was unable to supply society with a single solution.
Enunciating second- hand, with characteristic precipitation, some big principle in vogue, as if he were a discoverer, he invariably shrank from its subsequent application, the moment that he found it might be unpopular and inconvenient. All his quanda- ries terminated in the same catastrophe — a compromise.
Abstract principles with him ever ended in concrete ex- pediency. The aggregate of circumstances outweighed the isolated cause. The primordial tenet, which had been advocated with uncompromising arrogance, gently subsided into some second-rate measure recommended with all the artifice of an impenetrable ambiguity. Beginning with the second Reformation, which was a little rash but dashing, the Bishop, always ready, had in the course of his episcopal career placed himself at the head of every movement in the Church which others had originated, and had as regularly withdrawn at the right moment, when the heat was over, or had become, on the contrary, excessive.
Furiously evangelical, soberly high and dry, and fervently Puseyite, each phasis of his faith concludes with what the Spaniards term a 'transaction. It will be seen, therefore, that his lordship was one of those characters not ill-adapted to an eminent station in an age like the present, and in a country like our own ; an age of movement, but of confused ideas ; a country of progress, but too rich to risk much change. Under these circum- stances, the spirit of a period and a people seek a safety- valve in bustle. Lady Joan Fitz-Warene only required a listener ; she did not make inquiries like Lady Maud, or impart her own im- pressions by suggesting them as your own.
Lady Joan gave Egremont an account of the Aztec cities, of which she had been reading that morning, and of the several historical theories which their discovery had suggested ; then she imparted her own, which differed from all, but which seemed clearly the right one. Mexico led to Egypt. The phonetic system was despatched by the way. Then came Champollion ; then Paris ; then all its celebrities, literary and especially scientific ; then came the letter from Arago received that morning ; and the letter from Dr.
Buckland expected to-morrow. She was delighted that one had written ; wondered why the other had not Finally, before the ladies had retired, she had invited Egre- mont to join Lady Marney in a visit to her observatory, where they were to behold a comet which she had been the first to detect. Blushing like a Worcestershire orchard before harvest. No one was better qualified to be the minister of a free and powerful nation than Henry St. John, and destiny at first appeared to combine with nature in the elevation of his fortunes.
Opposed to the Whigs from principle, for an oligarchy is hostile to genius, and recoiling from the Tory tenets, which his unprejudiced and vigorous mind taught him at the same time to dread and contemn. Lord Boling- broke at the outset of his career incurred the commonplace imputation of insincerity and inconsistency becausein an age of unsettled parties with principles contradictory of their 26 WIT AND WISDOM OF THE conduct, he maintained that vigilant and meditative in- dependence which is the privilege of an original and deter- mined spirit. More experienced in political life, he became aware that he had only to choose between the Whigs and the Tories, and his sagacious intellect, not satisfied with the superficial character ,of these celebrated divisions, penetrated their interior and essential qualities, and discovered, in spite of all the affectation of popular sympathy on one side, and of admiration of arbitrary power on the other, that this choice was in fact a choice between oligarchy and democracy.
Bopkworms do not make Chancellors of State. Without books the discoveries of science, the inventions of art, the grand pedigrees and noble precedents of the intel- lectual development of man, would have no record ; none of those maxims and household words which illustrate, animate, adorn, and cheer life, would exist. Those imaginary charac- ters as they are called, but which are really much more vital and substantial than half our acquaintance, would no longer exist.
There would be no Hamlets, no Don Quixotes, no Falstaffs. And therefore I can easily conceive that mankind has instinctively felt how much even those who are un- lettered owe to the cultivated record of the impulses of, invention and the discoveries of truth. Consols at a hundred were the origin of all book societies. Those that cannot themselves observe, can at least acquire the observation of others. It is difficult to decide which is the most valuable com- panion to a country eremite at his nightly studies, the volume that keeps him awake, or the one that sets him slumbering.
Books are fatal : they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befel man was the invention of print- ing. Phcebus ' Lothair. Everything is explained by geology and astronomy, and in that way.
It shows you exactly how a star is formed. But what is most interesting is the way in which man has been developed. You know, all is development. The principle is perpetually going on. First, there was nothing, then there was some- thing ; then, I forget the next, I think there were shells, then fishes ; then we came, let me see, did we come next? Never mind that ; we came at last.
And the next change there will be something very superior to us, something with wings. But you must read it. Book-making, a composition which requires no ordinary qualities of character and intelligence — method, judgment, self-restraint, not too much imagination, perception of character, and powers of calculation. Waldershare's bow was a study. Its grace and ceremony must have been organic, for there was no traditionary type in existence from which he could have derived or inherited it. Breakfast at Brentham was served on half a dozen or more round tables, which vied with each other in grace and merriment, brilliant as a cluster of Greek or Italian Re- publics, instead of a great metropolitan table, like a central government absorbing all the genius and resources of society.
The Duke of Brecon was rather below the middle size, but he had a singularly athletic frame not devoid of s Tn- metry. His head was well placed on his broad shoulders, and his mien was commanding.
He was narrow-minded and prejudiced, but acute, and endowed with an unbending will. His boast was that he had succeeded in every- thing he had attempted, and he would not admit the possibility of future failure. Though still a very young man he had won the Derby, training his own horse ; and he successfully managed a fine stud in defiance of the ring, whom it was one of the secret objects of his life to extirpate.
Though his manner to men was peremptory, cold, and hard, he might be described as popular, for there existed a superstitious belief in his judgment, and it was known that in some instances when he had been consulted he had given more than advice. It could not be said that he was beloved, but he was feared and highly considered.
Para- sites were necessary to him, though he despised them. The Duke of Brecon was an avowed admirer of Lady Corisande, and was intimate with her family. The Duchess liked him much, and was often seen at ball or assembly on his arm. He had such excellent principles, she said ; was so straightforward, so true and firm. It was whispered that even Lady Corisande had remarked that the Duke of Brecon was the only young man of the time who had ' character.
It was said also that he had, when requisite, a bewitching smile. The more I see of these things — and, like many others in this House, I have witnessed the results of many general elections — the more I am convinced that bribery and corrup- tion, although they may be very convenient for gratifying the ambition or the Vanity of individuals, have very little effect on the fortunes or the power of parties ; and it is a great mistake to suppose that bribery and corruption are means by which power can either be obtained or retained.
Whenever a very powerful and wealthy class arises in this country, nothing can prevent it asserting a claim to the possession of political power ; and whenever a new class of that kind arises, you always find that bribery is rife when an election is held. It was so in the time of Sir Robert Walpole, when there were the Turkey merchants, men who had made great fortunes ; they attacked all the boroughs and turned the country gentlemen out. Then followed the Nabobs, and after them came the West Indian planters, and, in the time of the war, the Government loan merchants. It happened to be a time of tranquillity, when no great changes were occurring, and when no new class was treading upon the heels of those in power, and when the elections of members to this House were purer than usual.
It may truly be said of Lord Brougham, that none more completely represented his age, and no one more contributed to the progress of the times in which he lived. He had two qualities, almost in excess, which are rarely combined in the same person — one was energy, and the other versa- tility. Ferrars ' Buckinghamshire, Since our Constitution has been settled, since the acces- sion of the House of Hanover, there have been, I think, not more than thirty Prime Ministers, and four of these have been supplied by the county of Buckingham.
I believe there is something in the air favourable to political know- ledge and vigour. If one thing were more characteristic of Byron's mind than another, it was his strong, shrewd common sense ; his pure, unalloyed sagacity. The loss of Byron can never be retrieved. He was indeed a real man ; and when I say this, I award him the most splendid character which human nature need aspire to. At least, I, for my part, have no ambition to be con- sidered either a divinity or an angel ; and truly, when I look round upon the creatures alike effeminate in mind and body of which the world is, in general, composed, I fear that even my ambition is too exalted.
Byron's mind was, like his own ocean, sublime in its yesty madness, beautiful in its glittering summer brightness, mighty in the lone magnificence of its waste of waters, gazed upon from the magic of its own nature, yet capable of representing, but as in a glass darkly, the natures of all others. A hansom cab — 'tis the gondola of London. The Gabal — which has rather a tainted character — chose its instrument with Pharisaical accuracy, and I assure you that when Mr. Cardwell rose to impeach me, I was terrified at my own shortcomings as I listened to a Nisi Prius narrative, ending with a resolution which I think must have been drawn up by a conveyancer.
In the other House of Parliament a still greater reputation Lord Shaftes- bury condescended to appear on the human stage. Gama- liel himself, with the broad phylacteries of faction on his forehead, called God to witness in pious terms of majestic adoration, that he was not like other men, and was never influenced by party motives. VVell, gentlemen, what hap- pened under these circumstances? Something I am sure quite unprecedented in the Parliamentary history of Eng- land ; and when I hear of faction, when I hear of the acts and manoeuvres of parties, when I hear sometimes that party spirit will be the ruin of this country, let us take a calm view of what has occurred during the past fortnight, and I think we shall come to the conclusion that in a country free and enlightened as England, there are limits to party feeling which the most dexterous managers of the passions of mankind cannot overpass, and that in the great bulk of Parliament, as I am sure, whatever may be their opinions,, in the great bulk of the people of this country, there is a genuine spirit of patriotism which will always right itself.
He Lord Marney might have found his way into the Cabinet, and like the rest have assisted in registering the decrees of one too powerful individual. Left alone in the world, and without a single advantage save those that nature had conferred upon him, it had often been remarked, that in whatever circle he moved George Cadurcis always became the fa- vourite and ever5rwhere made friends.
His sweet and engaging temper had perhaps as much contributed to his professional success as his distinguished gallantry and skill Other officers, no doubt, were as brave and able as Captain Cadurcis, but his commanders always signalled him out for favourable notice ; and, strange to say, his success, instead of exciting envy and ill-will, pleased even his less fortunate competitors.
However hard another might feel his own lot, it was soothed by the reflection that George Cadurcis was at least more fortunate.
His popularity, however, was not confined to his profession. His cousin's noble guardian, whom George had never seen until he ventured to call upon his lordship on his return to England, now looked upon him almost as a son, and omitted no opportunity of advancing his interests in the world. Of all the members of the House of Commons he was perhaps the only one that everybody praised, and his success in the world of fashion had been as remarkable as in his profession.
These great revolutions in his life and future prospects had, however, not produced the slightest change in his mind and manners ; and this was perhaps the secret spell of his prosperity. Though we are most of us the creatures of affectation, simplicity has a great charm, especially when attended, as in the present instance, with many agreeable and some noble qualities. He was proud of his family. He had one of those light hearts, too, which enable their possessors to acquire accomplish- ments with facility : he had a sweet voice, a quick ear, a rapid eye.
He acquired a language as some men learn An air. Then his temper was imperturbable, and although the most obliging and kindest-hearted creature that ever lived, there was a native dignity about him which prevented his goodnature from being abused. No sense of interest either could ever induce him to act contrary to the dictates of his judgment and his heart — Venetia. What appear to be calamities are often the sources of fortune. Ferrars ' Endymion. Everything in this world is calculation. I never saw Mr. Canning but once, but I can recollect it but as yesterday, when I listened to almost the last accents — I may say the dying words — of that great man.
I can recall the lightning flash of that eye, and the tumult of that ethereal brow ; still lingers in my ear the melody of that voice. But when shall we see another Canning — a man who ruled this House as a man rules a high-bred steed, as Alexander ruled Bucephalus, of whom it was said that the horse and the rider were equally proud? In these days a great capitalist has deeper roots than a sovereign prince, unless he is very legitimate. To a mind like that of Tiresias a pack of cards was full of human nature. A rubber was a microcosm.
Great things spring from casualties. Catesby was a youthful member of an ancient English house, which for many generations had without a murmur, rather in a spirit of triumph, made every worldly sacrifice for the Church and Court of Rome. For that cause they had forfeited their lives, broad estates, and all the honours of a lofty station in their own land. Reginald Catesby, with considerable abilities, trained with consummate skill, inherited their determined will, and the traditionary beauty of their form and countenance. His manners were win- ning, and he was as well informed in the ways of the world as he was in the works of the great casuists.
Lothair could not have a better adviser on the subject of the influence of architecture on religion than Monsignore Catesby. Monsignore Catesby had been a pupil of Pugin ; his knowledge of ecclesiastical architecture was only equalled by his exquisite taste. To hear him expound the mysteries of symbolical art, and expatiate on the hidden revelations of its beauteous forms, reached even to ecstasy.
Lothair hung upon his accents like a neophyte. Conferences with Father Coleman on those points of faith on which they did not differ, followed up by desultory remarks on those points 36 WIT AND WISDOM OF THE of faith on which they ought not to differ ; critical discus- sions, with Monsignore Catesby on cathedrals, their forms, their purposes, and the instances in several countries in which those forms were most perfect and those purposes Jjest secured, occupied a good deal of time ; and yet these engaging pursuits were secondary in real emotion to his fre- quent conversations with Miss Arundel, in whose society every day he took a strange and deeper interest.
Ca use. It is always when the game is played that we discover the cause of the result. Melancholy, which, after a day of action, is the doom of energetic celibacy. If you mean by chance an absence of accountable cause, I do not believe such a quality as chance exists. Every incident that happens must be a link in achain. Change, in the abstract, is what is required by a people who are at the same time inquiring and wealthy. Change is inevitable in a progressive country.
Change is constant. Nor was that remarkable. Manifold art had combined to create this exquisite temple, and to guide all its minis- trations. But to-night it was not the radiant altar and the splendour of stately priests, the processions and the incense, the divine choir and the celestial harmonies resounding and lingering in arched roofs, that attracted many a neighbour. The altar was desolate, the choir was dumb ; and while the services proceeded in hushed tones of subdued sorrow, and sometimes even of suppressed anguish, gradually, with each psalm and canticle, a Ught of the altar was extinguished, till at length the Miserere was muttered, and all became darkness.
A sound as of a distant and rising wind was heard, and a crash, as it were the fall of trees in a storm. The earth is covered with darkness, and the vail of the temple is rent But just at this moment of extreme woe, when all human voices are silent, and when it is forbidden even to breathe ' Amen ; ' when everything is symbolical of the confusion and despair of the Church at the loss of her expiring Lord, a priest brings forth a concealed light of silvery flame from a corner of the altar.
This is the light of the world, and announces the resurrection, and then all rise up and depart in silence. At St. The walls and vaulted roofs entirely painted in encaustic by the first artists of Germany, and representing the principal events of the second Testa- ment, the splendour of the mosaic pavement, the richness of 38 WIT AND WISDOM OF THE the painted windows, the ' sumptuousness of the altar, crowned by a masterpiece of Carlo Dolce and surrounded by a silver rail, the tone of rich and solemn light that per- vaded all, and blended all the various sources of beauty into one absorbing and harmonious whole : all combined to produce an effect which stilled them into a silence that lasted for some minutes, until the ladies breathed their feelings in an almost inarticulate murmur of reverence and admiration ; while a tear stole to the eye of the enthusiastic Henry Sydney.
In all lives there is a crisis in the formation of character. But the result is the same ; a sudden revelation to ourselves of our secret pur- pose, and a recognition of our perhaps long-shadowed, but now masterful convictions. National Character. I speak in the capital of an ancient nation, remarkable above all the nations of the world for its rich endowments.
Charity in its most gracious, most learned, and most human form has established institutions in this country to soften the asperities of existence. Christians may continue to persecute Jews, and Jews may persist in disbelieving Christianity, but who can deny that Jesus of Nazareth, the incarnate Son of the Most High God, is the eternal glory of the Jewish race? The Church has, no fear of just reasoners. The Church is cosmopolitan — the , only practical means by which you can attain to identity of motive and action.
The doctrine of evolution affords no instance so striking as those of sacerdotal development. What the soul is to the man, the Church is to the world. The Church is a sacred corporation for the promulgation and maintenance in Europe of certain Asian principles which, although local in their birth, are of divine origin and eternal application. Philosophy denies its title, and disputes its power. Because they are founded on the supernatural. What is the supernatural? Can there be anything more miraculous than the existence of man and the world?
Anything more literally supernatural than the origin of things? The Church explains what no one else pretends to explain, and which, everyone agrees, it is of first moment should be made clear. I look upon the existence of parties in the Church as a necessary and beneficial consequence. They have always existed, even from apostohc times. They are a natural development of the religious sentiment in man ; and they represent fairly the different conclusions at which, upon subjects that are most precious to him, the mind of man arrives.
The truth is, that they have always existed in different forms or under different titles. Whether they are called High Church, or Low Church, or Broad Church, they bear witness, in their legitimate bounds, to the activity of the religious mind of the nation, and in the course of our history this country is deeply indebted to the exertions and the energy of all these parties. There is only one Church and only one religion ; all other forms and phrases are mere phantasms, without roof, or substance, or coherency. Look at that unhappy Ger- many, once so proud of its Reformation. Some portion of it has aheady gone back, I understand, to Number Nip.
Look at this unfortunate land, divided, sub-divided, parcelled out in infinite schism, with new oracles every day, and each more distinguished for the narrowness of his intellect or the loudness of his lungs ; once the land of saints and scholars, and people in pious pilgrimages, and finding always solace and support in the divine oflSces of an ever-present Church, which were a true though a faint type of the beautiful future that awaited man.
Why, only three centuries of this rebellion against the Most High have produced throughout the world, on the subject the most important that man should possess a clear, firm faith, an anarchy of opinion throwing out every monstrous and fantastic form, from a caricature of the Greek philosophy to a revival of Fetishism. Church of England. The Church of England, mainly from its deficiency of oriental knowledge, and from a misconception of the priestly character, which has been the consequence of that want, has fallen of late years into straits.
The Church of England is not a mere depositary of doctrine. The Church of England is a part of England — it is a part of our strength and a part of our liberties, a part of our national character. It is because there is an Established Church that we have achieved religious liberty, and enjoy religious tolera tion ; and without the union of the Church with the State I do not see what security there would be either for religious liberty or toleration.
No error could be greater than to suppose that the advantage of the Church of England is limited to those who are in communion with it. Take the case of the Roman Catholic priest. He will refuse the offices of the Church to anyone not in communion with it. The same with Dissenters. It is just possible — it has happened and might happen frequently — that a Roman Catholic may be excommunicated by his church, or a sec- tarian may be denounced and expelled by his congregation ; but if that happen in this country, the individual in question is not a forlorn being. I therefore hold that the connection between Church and State is really a guarantee for religious liberty and toleration ; that it maintains, as it were, the standard of religious liberty and toleration just as much as we by other means sustain the standard of value.
If you wish to break up a state, and destroy and disturb a country, you can never adopt a more effectual method than by destroying at the same time the standards of value and of toleration. Broad Church. But observe what must be the relations of a powerful church without distinc- tive creeds with a being of that nature.
We live in decent times, frigid, latitudinarian, alarmed, decorous. A priest is scarcely deemed in our days a fit successor to the authors of the Gospels if he be not the editor of a Greek play ; and he who follows St. Paul must now at least have been private tutor of some young noble- man who has taken a good degree!
And then you are all astonished that the Church is not universal! Church and State. Masham ' Venetia. The character of a Church is universality. What is it now?
All ties between the State and the Church are abolished, except those which tend to its danger and degradation. What can be more anomalous than the present connec- tion between State and Church? Every condition on which, it was originally consented to has been cancelled. That original alliance was, in my view, an equal calamity for the nation and the Church ; but, at least, it was an intelligible compact.
Parliament, then consisting only of members of the Established Church, was, on ecclesiastical matters, a lay synod, and might, in some points of view, be esteemed a necessary portion of Church government. But you have effaced this exclusive character of Parliament; you have determined that a communion with the Established Church shall no longer be pa,rt of the qualification for sitting in the House of Commons. There is no reason, so far as the Con- stitution avails, why every member of the House of Com- ihons should not be a Dissenter.
But the whole power of the country is concentrated in the House of Commons. The House of Lords, even the monarch himself, has openly announced and confessed, within these ten years, that the will of the House of Commons is supreme. A single vote of the House of Commons, in , made the Duke of Wellington declare, in the House of Lords, that he was obliged to abandon his sovereign in ' the most difficult and distressing circumstances.
It is the State. A sectarian assembly appoints the bishops of the Established Church. They may appoint twenty Hoadlys. A Parliament might do this to-morrow with impunity. And this is the constitution in Church and State which Conservative dinners toast! Millbank' Comngsby. What I understand by the union of Church and State is an arrangement which renders the State religious by invest- ing authority with the highest sanctions that can influence the sentiments and convictions, and consequently the con- duct of the subject ; whilst, on the other hand, that union renders the Church — using that epithet in its noblest and purest sense — political ; that is to say, it blends civil authority with ecclesiastical influence : it defines and defends the rights of , the laity, and prevents the Church from subsiding into a sacerdotal corporation.
If you divest the State of this connection, it appears to me that you riecessarily reduce both the quantity and the quality of its duties. The State will still be the protector of our persons and our property, and no doubt these are most important duties for the State to perform. But these are duties, which in a community rather excite a spirit of criticism than a sentiment of enthusiasm and veneration.
All or most of the higher functions of government — take education for example, the formation of the character of the people, and consequently the guidance of their future conduct — depart from the State and become the appanage of religious societies, of the religious organisation of the country — you may call them the various churches if you please — when they are established on what is called independent principles. Now the question which necessarily arises in this altered state of affairs is : are we quite certain that in making this severance between political and religious influence we may not be establishing in a country a power greater than the acknowledged government itself?
Lys ' Sybil. I look upon our nobility joining the Church of Rome as the greatest national calamity that has ever happened to England. Irrespective of all religious considerations, it is an abnegation of patriotism ; and in this age, where all things are questioned, a love of our country seems to me the one thing to cling to. If Popery were only just the sign of the cross, and music, and censer-pots, though I think them all superstitious, I'd be free to leave them alone if they would leave me.
But Popery is a much deeper thing than that, Lothair, and our fathers found it out. They could not stand it, and we should be a craven crew to stand it now. A man should be master in his own house. You will be taking a wife some day ; at least it is to be hoped so ; and how will you like one of these Monsignores to be walking into her bed- room, eh ; and talking to her alone when he pleases, and where he pleases ; and when you want to consult your wife, wbich a wise man should often do, to find there is an- other mind between hers and yours?
This circuit is a cold and mercantile adventure, and I am disappointed in it. Not so either, for I looked for but little to enjoy. Take one day of my life as a specimen ; the rest are mostly alike. The sheriff's trumpets are playing ; one, some tune of which I know nothing, and the other no tune at all.
I am obliged to turn out at eight. It is the first day of the assize, so there is some chance of a brief, being a new place. I push my way into court through files of attorneys, as civil to the rogues as possible, assuring them there is plenty of room, though I am at the very moment gasping for breath wedged in in a lane of well-lined waist- coats.
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Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter. Circumstances are beyond the control of man ; but his conduct is in his own power. There is nothing in which the power of circumstances is more evident than in politics. Circumstance has decided every crisis which I have ex- perienced, and not the primitive facts on which we have consulted.
Circumstance is the creature of cities, where the action of a multitude, influenced by different motives, produces innumerable and ever-changing combinations. A great city, whose image dwells on the memory of maUj is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest ; faith hovers over Jerusalem ; and Athens embodies the pre- eminent quality of the antique world-art. The air of cities To unaccustomed lungs is very fatal. I have always felt that the best security for civilisation is the dwelling, and that upon properly appointed and becom- ing dwellings depends more than anything else the improve- ment of mankind.
Such dwellings are the nursery of aU domestic virtues, and without a becoming home the exer- cise of those virtues is impossible. Clergyman of the Old School. The Doctor was a regular orthodox divine of the eighteenth century ; with a large cauliflower wig, shovel-hat, and huge knee-buckles, barely covered by his top-boots ; learned, jovial, humorous, and somewhat courtly ; truly pious, but not enthusiastic ; not forgetful of his tithes, but generous and charitable when they were once paid ; never neglecting the sick, yet occasionally following a fox ; a fine scholar, an active magistrate, and a good shot ; dreading the Pope, and hating the Presbyterians.
This club was Hatton's only relaxation. Coalitions, although successful, have always this : their triumph has been brief This I know, that England does not love coalitions. When the Coalition Government was formed, I was asked how long it would last, and I ventured to reply, 'Until every member of it is, as a public character, irretrievably injured. What the qualities of Mr. Cobden were in the House all present are aware ; yet, perhaps, I may be permitted to say that as a debater he had few equals.
As a logician he was close and complete ; adroit, perhaps even subtle ; yet at the same time he was gifted with such a degree of imagi- nation that he never lost sight of the sympathies of those whom he addressed, and so, generally avoiding to drive his arguments to extremity he became as a speaker both practical and persuasive. I believe that when the verdict of posterity shall be recorded on his life and conduct, it will be said of him that he was, without doubt, the greatest political character the pure middle class of this country has yet produced — an ornament to the House of Commons, and an honour to England.
Cobden , April 2,, Men are apt to believe that crime and coercion are inevitably associated. A good cup of coffee is the most delicious and the rarest beverage in the world. Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent. What is colonial necessarily lacks originality. There is a combination for every case. More pernicious nonsense was never devised by man than treaties of commerce. Commercial Distress. Commercial distress — its disappearance was always sudden. It was like a long and desperate calm — a breeze suddenly arises, when all are disheartened, and in a moment the character of the sky is changed.
Commercial World. It was impossible to deny that she was interested and amused by the world, which she now witnessed — so energetic, so restless, so various ; so full of urgent and pressing life ; never thinking of the past, and quite heedless of the future, but worshipping an almighty present, that sometimes seemed to roll on like the car of Juggernaut. Nowadays public robbery is out of fashion, and takes the milder title of a commission of inquiry. Our statesmen never read, and are only converted by Parliamentary committees.
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Common Sense. There is an extreme Protestant party, who persist in believing that every Roman Catholic is a Jesuit. There is, on the other hand, an extreme Roman Catholic party who, the moment their aggressive indiscretion excites comment, and perhaps a little distrust, immediately raise a howl that their Protestant fellow-countrymen wish to revive all the Roman Catholic disabilities.
Fortunately, although noisy and bustling, they are limited in their influence, and the general sentiment of the country controls their violence and extravagance. A big farm woman brought us tea and bread, and pots of wild green honey. It was one of the most idyllic moments I have ever known, very sharp, like a Breughel painting. All admit irregularity as they imply change; and to banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality. All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be Effort, and the law of human judgment, Mercy.
That is, I think, finally, the only real question. Usually these miracles happen when a person is young, but still wide-eyed enough to catch the magic that older people have forgotten or pushed away. For countless children, Disneyland has it…For both tourists and natives, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace does well…prancing horses, flashing sabers, plumes and capes and trumpets in the fog…the Palace is in safe hands, a solid dream. Humor contains contradictions; it does not resolve them but revels in them.
It says that the right way to exist among the contradictions, paradoxes, and absurdities of life is to cope with them through laughter. If these few patterns are good for me, I can live well. March 20th, "One of the breakthrough moments [of doing stand-up comedy] for me was realizing that No one can tell you how to play that instrument. There is no being sure of anything except that whatever has been created will change in time Where they fail is in answering the questions they ask themselves, and even there they do not fail by much…But it takes time, it takes humility and a serious reason for searching.
March 15th, "There is a way of refusing that is so gracious Therese of Lisieux. March 8th, "The things that we love tell us what we are. March 7th, "You learn more about a person by living in his house for a week than by years of running into him at social gatherings. March 6th, "To live in perpetual want of little things is a state, not indeed of torture but of constant vexation.
March 5th, "Order is Heaven's first law. March 4th, "If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind.
Our habits measure us. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul.
Perhaps one regrets them the most. Routine is a condition of survival. February 4th, "Assume a virtue, if you have it not. That monster, Custom, who all sense doth eat Of habits evil, is angel yet in this, That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise gives a frock or livery, That aptly is put on. Refrain to-night, And that shall lend a kind of easiness To the next abstinence; the next more easy: For use can almost change the stamp of nature, And master even the devil, or throw him out, With wondrous potency. He that neglects his known duty and real employment naturally endeavours to crowd his mind with something that may bar out the remembrance of his own folly, and does anything but what he ought to do with eager diligence, that he may keep himself in his own favour.
The forest glade would be incomplete without the humming-bird. To shed joy around, to radiate happiness, to cast light upon dark days, to be the golden thread of our destiny, and the very spirit of grace and harmony, is not this to render a service? Every intensification is good. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. The first is by creating a work or doing a deed. The second is by experiencing something or encountering someone; in other words, meaning can be found not only in work but also in love…Most important, however, is the third avenue to meaning in life: even the helpless victim of a hopeless situation, facing a fate he cannot change, may rise above himself, may grow beyond himself, and by so doing change himself.
January 21st, "Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude. Every advance into knowledge opens new prospects, and produces new incitements to further progress. The little girl who eventually became me, but as yet was neither me nor anybody else in particular, but merely a soft anonymous morsel of humanity—this little girl, who bore my name, was going for a walk with her father.
The episode is literally the first thing I can remember about her, and therefore I date the birth of her identity from that day. To break out of it, we must make a new self. But how can the self make a new self when the selflessness which it is, is the only substance from which the new self can be made? December 19th, "Liberty is the daughter of authority properly understood. For to be free is not to do what one pleases; it is to be the master of oneself, it is to know how to act within reason and to do one's duty. It makes them feel bigger. December 10th, It's all I have to bring today— This, and my heart beside— This, and my heart, and all the fields— And all the meadows wide— Be sure you count—should I forget Some one the sum could tell— This, and my heart, and all the Bees Which in the Clover dwell.
I never said to myself that it was happening. It just came to me, or I came to it. As I buried the dead and walked among them, I wanted to make my heart as big as Heaven to include them all and love them and not be distracted. We may stand perfectly still, but our surroundings shift round and we are not in the same relationship to them for long; just as a chameleon, matching perfectly the greenness of a leaf, should know that the leaf will one day fade. Somerset Maugham. The keenness of our vision depends not on how much we can see, but on how much we feel….
Nature sings her most exquisite songs to those who love her. That was the first beauty I ever knew. What the real garden had failed to do, the toy garden did. It made me aware of nature—not, indeed, as a storehouse of forms and colors but as something cool, dewy, fresh, exuberant…. Lewis, Surprised by Joy. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. We all know that something is eternal.
November 5th, "There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one. You can make it as big or as small as you want to. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up. If we read without inclination, half the mind is employed in fixing the attention; so there is but one half to be employed on what we read. We are happy when we are growing. There is nothing like staying home for real comfort. October 12th, "Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across a thousand miles and all the years we have lived.
In a way that almost amounts to just retribution, I am stuck with the results of all my choices. For all serious daring starts from within. There must be acceptance and the knowledge that sorrow fully accepted brings its own gifts. For there is an alchemy to sorrow.
It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness. Even writing the words brings a smile. To do nothing is often my most profitable way. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. Chesterton, "On Pleasure-Seeking". Acceptance that bears no relation to resignation, the bitter lees of a failure to rise to a challenge.
I am creeping forward on my belly like they do in war movies. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see. We can take a wonderful vacation in spirit, even though we are obliged to stay at home, if we will only drop our burdens from our minds for a while. But no amount of travel will give us rest and recreation if we carry our work and worries with us.
I cannot think of myself apart from the influence of the two or three greatest friendships of my life, and any account of my own growth must be that of their stimulating and enlightening influence. Even here in my own world, I have no relish for sweet corn in January or strawberries in November.
Buck, My Several Worlds. Every tree and every line are incapable of concealment, and tell after two or three months exactly what sort of treatment they have had. The sower may mistake and sow his peas crookedly: the peas make no mistake but come and show his line. White, One made a climate within a climate; one made the days,--the complexion, the special flavor, the special happiness of each day as it passed; one made life. I just feel things in my gut and I do them. If something sounds exciting and interesting, I do it—and then I worry about it later.
Doing new things takes a lot of energy and strength. Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet; Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet. Never by taking thought but rather by action. Her normal life pleased her so well that she was half afraid to step out of its frame in case one day she should find herself unable to get back. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
One tulip is like the next tulip, but not altogether. More or less like people—a general outline, then the stunning individual strokes. In the motion of the very leaves of spring, in the blue air, there is then found a secret correspondence with our heart. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience. Let him contrive to have as many retreats for his mind as he can, as many things to which it can fly from itself.
June 8th, "The pleasure of the table belongs to all ages, to all conditions, to all countries, and to all areas; it mingles with all other pleasures, and remains at last to console us for their departure. I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own.
Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. You have missed the whole point of what life is for. The more experiments you make, the better. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance. It is the principle of existence, and its only end. It holds all the hope there is, all fears.
White, letter to Stanley Hart White January My wife, too, seemed willing to learn. Old as we must have looked to our children, we were still taking lessons, in how to be grown-up. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind! You would not call such a man rich, neither would I call happy the man who is so without realizing it.
The hard going had been a weariness, the cold a misery to the flesh. Look at Coach and the joy of the snow! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man. But since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. Suddenly the room seemed suffused with the dream, and I could not think why.
Three men appeared out of nowhere, playing guitars. Pilar Wayne leaned slightly forward, and John Wayne lifted his glass almost imperceptibly toward her. They did not quite get the beat right, but even now I can hear them, in another country and a long time later, even as I tell you this.
Thoele, Sue Patton
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