Frederick the Great

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Dana Estes & Company, 1897
 

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Page 538 - Teutschland, with such pieties and unconquerable silent valors, such opulences human and divine, amid its wreck of new and old confusions, is not to be cut in Four, and made to dance to the piping of Versailles or another. Far the contrary ! To Versailles itself there has gone forth, Versailles may read it or not, the writing on the wall : " Thou art weighed in the balance, and found wanting" (at last even "found wanting")!
Page 459 - devour my Books, and that brings me useful alleviation. But for" my Books, I think hypochondria would have had me in bedlam " before now. In fine, dear Marquis, we live in troublous times " and in desperate situations : — I have all the properties of a Stage" Hero ; always in danger, always on the point of perishing.
Page 394 - It was but a very few years ago, that this territory wore the most pleasing appearance. The country was cultivated, the peasant looked cheerful, and the towns abounded with riches and festivity! What an alteration, at present, from such a charming scene! I am not expert at description — nor can my fancy add any horrors to the picture; but sure even conquerors themselves would weep at the hideous prospects now before me.
Page 394 - I am not expert at description, nor can my fancy add •any horrors to the picture ; but, sure, even conquerors themselves would weep at the hideous prospects now before me. The whole country, my dear country, lies one frightful waste, presenting only objects to excite terror, pity, and despair. The business of the husbandman and the shepherd are quite discontinued. The husbandman and the shepherd are become soldiers themselves, and help to ravage the soil they formerly cultivated.
Page 165 - The incidents of dramatic fiction could not be conducted with more address to lead an audience from despondency to sudden exaltation than accident prepared to excite the passions of a whole people. They despaired, they triumphed, and they wept; for Wolfe had fallen in the hour of victory. Joy, curiosity, astonishment, was painted on every countenance. The more they inquired, the more their admiration rose. Not an incident but was heroic and affecting.
Page 451 - I find the gentleman is determined to leave us, nor can I say I am sorry ' for it, since he would otherwise have certainly compelled us to leave him. But if he be resolved to assume the ' right of advising His Majesty, and directing the operations of the war, to what purpose are we called to this Council ? — When he talks of being responsible to the ' people he talks the language of the House of Commons, ' and forgets that at this Board he is only responsible to the King.
Page 451 - But if he be resolved to assume the office of exclusively advising his Majesty and directing the operations of the War, to what purpose are we called to this Council ? When he talks of being responsible to the People, he talks the language of the House of Commons ; forgets that, at this Board, he is only responsible to the King.
Page 306 - Your Nation, you see, is blinder than you thought : those fools will lose their Canada and Pondicherry, to please the Queen of Hungary and the Czarina.

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