New Sketches of Every-day Life: A Diary, Together with Strife and Peace, Volume 1

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Harper, 1844 - 134 pages

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Page 47 - I with a new one : it is so well worth taking a journey for, that if the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain.
Page 126 - Father of light and life, thou Good Supreme ! O teach me what is good ; teach me Thyself I Save me from folly, vanity, and vice, From every low pursuit; and fill my soul With knowledge, conscious peace, and virtue pure ; Sacred, substantial, never-fading bliss...
Page 26 - I cannot understand the importance which certain people set upon outward beauty or plainness. I am of opinion that all true education, such at least as has a religious foundation, must infuse a noble calm, a wholesome coldness, an indifference, or whatever people may call it, towards such-like outward gifts, or the want of them. And who has not experienced of how little consequence they are in fact for the weal or woe of life? Who has not experienced how, on nearer acquaintance, plainness becomes...
Page 110 - But it wakes, it becomes earnest. Then the dancers rise up and dance, and display themselves in expressions of power, in which strength and dexterity seem to divert themselves by playing with indolence and clumsiness, and to overcome them. The same person who just before seemed fettered to the earth, springs aloft, and throws himself around in the air as though he had wings. Then, after many break-neck movements and evolutions, before which the unaccustomed spectator grows dizzy, the dance suddenly...
Page 97 - Returned to the company, Susanna found much to notice and much to reflect upon. For the rest, she was through the whole of this day in a sort of mental excitement. It seemed to her, as if she saw the picture of comfort and happiness of which she had sometimes dreamed, here realized.
Page 110 - Supported upon the arm of the woman, the man throws himself high in the air ; then he catches her in his arms, and swings round •with her in wild circles ; then they separate ; then they unite again, and whirl again round, as it were, in superabundance of life and delight. The measure is determined, bold, and full of life. It is a dance-intoxication, in which people for the moment release themselves from every care, every burden and oppression of existence.
Page 8 - ... any genius at all, may raise himself above his original position, may mingle with the world of fashion, and hold* himself on a level with the highest ; but this is less easy for him who is engaged. — It* seems as if marriage put the whole world in their proper rank. — Bruyère. A bachelor's life is a splendid breakfast ; a tolerably flat dinner; and a most miserable supper.
Page 102 - And in fact, the living was a balsam, which would have made a greater wound than this imperceptible also. Astonished, and somewhat embarrassed, I now perceived that the ear and the shoulder, whose possessor had seized so horribly upon the contents of the rusk-basket, and over whom I had poured out my gall, belonged to nobody else than to August's father and my patron. ' The fat gentleman who sate upon the sofa, was Wilhelmina's uncle. The kindness and gaiety of my new friends made me soon feel at...
Page 87 - Weaker ! smaller 1 you should only see the people in Uddevalla, my native city !" " How can anybody be born in Uddevalla ? Does anybody really live in that city ? How can anybody live in it '. It is a shame to live in such a city ; it is a shame also only to drive through it. It is so miserably small, that when the wheels of the travelling-carriage are at one end, the horse has already put his head out at the other. Do not talk about Uddevalla...

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