The Ohio Educational Monthly and the National Teacher: A Journal of Education, Volume 26
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Page 18 - I love the language, that soft bastard Latin, Which melts like kisses from a female mouth, And sounds as if it should be writ on satin, With syllables which breathe of the sweet South, And gentle liquids gliding all so pat in, That not a single accent seems uncouth, Like our harsh northern whistling, grunting guttural, Which we're obliged to hiss, and spit, and sputter all.
Page 311 - A man of a polite imagination is let into a great many pleasures that the vulgar are not capable of receiving. He can converse with a picture and find an agreeable companion in a statue.
Page 421 - Now, books of this kind have been written in all ages by their greatest men; — by great leaders, great statesmen, and great thinkers. These are all at your choice; and life is short. You have heard as much before; — yet have you measured and mapped out this short life and its possibilities ? Do you know, if you read this, that you cannot read that — that...
Page 246 - In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too: to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.
Page 315 - A more lying, roundabout, puzzle-headed delusion than that by which we confuse the clear instincts of truth in our accursed system of spelling was never concocted by the father of falsehood.
Page 434 - If my friends have alabaster boxes laid away, full of fragrant perfumes of sympathy and affection, which they intend to break over my dead body, I would rather they would bring them out in my weary and troubled hours, and open them, that I may be refreshed and cheered by them while I need them.
Page 125 - First William the Norman, Then William his son ; Henry, Stephen, and Henry, . Then Richard and John ; Next Henry the third, Edwards one, two. and three, And again after Richard Three Henrys we see. Two Edwards, third Richard, If rightly I guess ; Two Henrys, sixth Edward, Queen Mary, Queen Bess.
Page 323 - So loose and indefinite is now the tie between writing and utterance, that existing differences of utterance hide themselves under cover of an orthografy which fits them all equally, while others spring up uncheckt. No small part of the conservative force expends itself upon the visible form alone; whereas, if the visible and audible form were more strictly accordant, it would have its effect upon...
Page 416 - A servant with this clause Makes drudgery divine : Who sweeps a room, as for Thy laws, Makes that and the action fine.
Page 248 - In social converse with the mighty dead of ancient days, you will never smart under the galling sense of dependence upon the mighty living of the present age. And in your struggles with the world, should a crisis ever occur when even friendship may deem it prudent to desert you, when even your country may seem ready to abandon herself and...