The principal speeches and addresses of ... the prince consort [ed. by sir A. Helps].

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Page 46 - to rest a searching and restless spirit; or " a terrace for a wandering and variable " mind to walk up and down with a fair " prospect; or a tower of state for a proud " mind to raise itself upon; or a fort or " commanding ground for strife and
Page 46 - or a shop for profit or sale; but " a rich storehouse for the glory of the " Creator, and the relief of man's estate. " But this is that which will indeed dignify " and exalt knowledge, if contemplation " and action may be more nearly and " straitly conjoined and united together " than they have been; a conjunction like " unto that of the two highest planets— " Saturn, the planet of rest and
Page 81 - Europe) have not as yet led to any satisfactory conclusion. But I sincerely trust that this great country will not relax in its efforts until it has finally, and for ever, put an end to a state of things so repugnant to the spirit of Christianity, and the best feelings of our nature.
Page 111 - On the other hand, the great principle of division of labour, which may be called the moving power of civilization, is being extended to all branches of science, industry, and art. Whilst formerly the greatest mental energies strove at universal knowledge, and that knowledge was confined to the few, now they are directed
Page 18 - perhaps multitudes of flowers and " fruit. But still criticism is absolutely " necessary to the development of art, and " the injudicious praise of an inferior work " becomes an insult to superior genius. " In this respect our times are peculiarly " unfavourable when compared with those " when Madonnas were painted in the
Page 216 - on trust, nothing for granted, but reasoning upwards from the meanest fact established, and making every step sure before going one beyond it, like the engineer in his approaches to a fortress. We thus gain ultimately a roadway, a ladder by which even a child may, almost without knowing it, ascend to the summit of
Page 20 - short space of time and a small " number of experiments. " From none of these courses can we " hope for much progress; for the mind, " however ingenious, has no materials to " work with, and remains in presence of " phenomena, the causes of which are hidden " from it. " But these laws of nature, these divine
Page 82 - Let us therefore trust that Providence will prosper our exertions in so holy a cause, and that (under the auspices of our Queen and Her Government) we may at no distant period be rewarded by the accomplishment of the great and humane object for the promotion of which we have this day met.
Page 157 - may be at their height, an adverse vote in Parliament may of a sudden deprive her of all her confidential servants. Gentlemen ! Constitutional Government is under a heavy trial, and can only pass triumphantly through it, if the country will grant its confidence—a patriotic, indulgent, and self-denying confidence—to Her Majesty's Government. Without this, all their labours must be in vain.
Page 166 - who operate, but the laws of nature, which we have set in operation. It is, then, of the highest importance that we should know these laws, in order to know what we are about, and the reason why certain things are, which occur daily under our hands, and what course we are to pursue

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