An Essay Upon National Character: Being an Inquiry Into Some of the Principal Causes which Contribute to Form and Modify the Characters of Nations in the State of Civilisation, Τόμος 2


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Σελίδα 333 - She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry, her clothing is silk and purple.
Σελίδα 409 - It is a fufficient proof of this, that when he was on his return from the Holy Land, after his father's death, and knew that his prefence was ardently defired in England, he accepted an invitation to a tournament at Chalons in Burgundy.
Σελίδα 64 - The next century witnessed much greater progress, and opened under the favourable auspices of the Charta Mercatoria, given by Edward I., granting safety to all merchants of Almaine, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, &c., who traffic with England — a measure the more expedient, because as yet the natives did not much navigate to other countries, and the produce was carried away by foreigners in foreign ships. Some English vessels did, indeed, trade to the Baltic, but none had penetrated into the Mediterranean....
Σελίδα 427 - ... and unblushingly own the true but chastened language of nature. It is theirs to choose, and to say which the man is whose mind and temper they hold to be the most congenial to their own, from whom they may expect to receive, and on whom to confer the largest portion of happiness. The choice indeed of youth and inexperience may not always be that which the anxiety of parents or the prudence of age would suggest ; and the voice of affection may differ from that of interest or ambition. But interest...
Σελίδα 401 - The best that can be said of them is, that they are befooled by their own fancies, and the victims of distempered brains and ill habits of body.
Σελίδα 69 - ... happy application of time, intellect, and exertion ; and they who appreciate her by her colonies, and by her mere transport of external produce, have a feeble idea of her state of improvement. Could any single principle suffice to designate, with absolute precision, the difference between civilization 'and luxury, it might be the value of time. Time must be estimated by what it produces ; and superior understanding can make a minute bring more blessings to mankind, than ages in the hands of idleness....
Σελίδα 65 - Elizabeth had farmed for fourteen thousand pounds, were raised to fifty thousand pounds ; and while her ships, both royal and commercial, were increasing in burden and in number, her ports, docks, storehouses, &c., were improved; and she undertook voyages of discoveries and circumnavigation. The events in which England was engaged during the seventeenth century produced a very different effect upon the enterprising spirit of the nation from those which occurred two hundred years before. The age of...
Σελίδα 579 - ... establishing. With the truth or fallacy of that system, few readers will concern themselves ; nor are the practical conclusions very apparent to which the Author wishes to conduct us. The final sentence of the work, which might be expected to indicate the result of the investigation, is as follows. ' Of all the concerns of nations, the least mutable is character, since that alone is founded upon causes which cannot change.
Σελίδα 427 - The state of things in our islands has placed the intercourse between between the sexes upon a very different footing from the above. Our unmarried females stand on the same ground as the other individuals who compose society. As soon as their age and acquirements permit, they are allowed every opportunity of .studying mankind, and of becoming acquainted with the being with whom they are to make an interchange of happiness, a barter of affection. Neither are their hearts condemned to apathy, ' to...

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