A Grammar of the English Language, in a Series of Letters: Intended for the Use of Schools and of Young Persons in General, But More Especially for the Use of Soldiers, Sailors, Apprentices and Plough Boys

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John Doyle, 1832 - 213 sayfa
 

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Sayfa 86 - There are indeed but very few who know how to be idle and innocent, or have a relish of any pleasures that are not criminal; every diversion they take is at the expense of some one virtue or another, and their very first step out of business is into vice or folly.
Sayfa 134 - I am. Thou art. He is. We are. You are. They are. I was. Thou wast He was. We were. You were. They were.
Sayfa 147 - The chief advantage which these fictions have over real life is, that their authors are at liberty, though not to invent, yet to select objects, and to cull from the mass of mankind those individuals upon which the attention ought most to be employed...
Sayfa 157 - But if the power of example is so great as to take possession of the memory by a kind of violence, and produce effects almost without the intervention of the will, care ought to be taken that, when the choice is unrestrained, the best examples only should be exhibited; and that which is likely to operate so strongly should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects.
Sayfa 72 - In a land of liberty it is extremely dangerous to make a distinct order of the profession of arms. In absolute monarchies this is necessary for the safety of the prince, and arises from the main principle of their constitution, which is that of governing by fear ; but in free states the profession of a soldier, taken singly and merely as a profession, is justly an object of jealousy.
Sayfa 156 - The meaning of the words is this: that " logic is the art of using reason well in our inquiries after truth, and is also the communication of it to others." To be sure, we do understand that it means that " logic is the art of using reason well in our inquiries after truth, and in the communication of it to others;" but, surely, in a case like this, no room for doubt or for hesitation ought to have been left.
Sayfa 146 - But the fear of not being approved as just copiers of human manners is not the most important concern that an author of this sort ought to have before him. These books are written chiefly to the young, the ignorant, and the idle, to whom they serve as lectures of conduct and introductions into life. They are the entertainment of minds unfurnished with ideas, and therefore easily susceptible of impressions ; not fixed by principles, and therefore easily...
Sayfa 88 - Mob, Parliament, Rabble, House of Commons,^ Regiment, Court of King's Bench, Den of Thieves, and the like, may have pronouns agreeing with them either in the singular or in the plural number; for, we may, for instance, say of the House of Commons, " they refused to hear evidence against Castlereagh, when Mr.
Sayfa 87 - Lord, that, pro" vided the services be performed, or stipulated for " by fealty, he cannot, in the first instance, refuse " to admit the heir of his tenant upon his death ; nor, " in the second, can he remove his present tenant so
Sayfa 165 - I am still engaged in negociations for this purpose : the success of them must, however, depend on my disposition being met with corresponding sentiments on the part of the enemy. " The operations of his Majesty's forces by sea and land in the Chesapeake, in the course of the present year, have been attended with the most brilliant and successful results.

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