England's Supremacy: Its Sources

Longmans, Green, and Company, 1885 - 447 pages

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Page 414 - But small the bliss that sense alone bestows, And sensual bliss is all the nation knows. In florid beauty groves and fields appear, Man seems the only growth that dwindles here. Contrasted faults through all his manners reign ; Though poor, luxurious ; though submissive, vain ; Though grave, yet trifling ; zealous, yet untrue; And even in penance planning sins anew.
Page xviii - Yorkshire now are, that cultivation, rich as that of a flower-garden, will be carried up to the very tops of Ben Nevis and Helvellyn, that machines constructed on principles yet undiscovered will be in every house, that there will be no highways but railroads, no travelling but by steam, that our debt, vast as it seems to us, will appear to our great-grandchildren a trifling encumbrance, which might easily be paid off in a year or two, many people would think us insane.
Page 396 - She has, taking the capacity of her land into view as well as its mere measurement, a natural base for the greatest continuous empire ever established by man.
Page xvii - If we were to prophesy that in the year 1930 a population of fifty millions, better fed, clad, and lodged than the English of our time will cover these islands ; that Sussex and Huntingdonshire will be wealthier than the wealthiest parts of the...
Page 97 - That the maxim of buying in the cheapest market, and selling in the dearest, which regulates every merchant in his individual dealings, is strictly applicable, as the best rule for the trade of the whole nation.
Page ii - On what principle is it that, when we see nothing but improvement behind us, we are to expect nothing but deterioration before us?
Page 295 - British mother, who has sent forth her innumerable children over all the earth to be the founders of half-adozen empires. She, with her progeny, may almost claim to constitute a kind of Universal Church in politics. But, among these children, there is one whose place in the world's eye and in history is superlative : it is the American Republic.
Page 387 - As a general rule, the expenses of a business do not increase by any means proportionally to the quantity of business. Let us take as an example, a set of operations which we are accustomed to see carried on by one great establishment, that of the Post Office.
Page 254 - The French did always out-do us in Price of Labour: their common People live upon Roots, Cabbage, and other Herbage; four of their large Provinces subsist entirely upon Chestnuts; and the best of them eat Bread made of Barley, Millet, Turkey and black Corn; so that their Wages used to be small in comparison with ours.
Page 75 - Our rulers will best promote the improvement of the nation by strictly confining themselves to their own legitimate duties, by leaving capital to find its most lucrative course, commodities their fair price, industry and intelligence their natural reward, idleness and folly their natural punishment, by maintaining peace, by defending property, by diminishing the price of law, and by observing strict economy in every department of the state. Let the Government do this : the People will assuredly do...

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