Orations: Roman orators

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P.F. Collier and son, 1900

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Page 304 - Think not that I am come to send peace on earth : I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
Page 102 - Even if God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him, so Voltaire said 'si dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait 1'inventer.
Page 359 - If it may be doubted, whether beasts compound and enlarge their ideas that way, to any degree: this, I think, I may be positive in, that the power of abstracting is not at all in them; and that the having of general ideas, is that which puts a perfect distinction betwixt man and brutes; and is an excellency which the faculties of brutes do by no means attain to.
Page 306 - I ever make any recantation, since it is neither safe nor honest to act contrary to conscience ! Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise; so help me God ! Amen.
Page 368 - Beyond the Alps, beyond the sea, are other peoples now fighting or preparing to fight the holy fight of independence, of nationality, of liberty ; other peoples striving by different routes to reach the same goal improvement, association, and the foundation of an authority which shall put an end to moral anarchy and relink earth to heaven ; an authority which mankind may love and obey without remorse or shame. Unite with them ; they will unite with you.
Page 353 - I have yet seen, I feel so sure that the blue ape without a tail will never rival us in poetry, painting, and music, that I see no reason whatever why justice may not be done to the few fragments of soul, and tatters of understanding, which they may really possess.
Page 367 - Love your country. Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart blushing whispered the first word of love; it is the home that God has given you, that by striving to perfect yourselves therein, you may prepare to ascend to him. It is your name, your glory, your sign among the people. Give to it your thoughts, your counsels, your blood.
Page 175 - Wherever the exterior condition of man becomes enlarged, quickened, and improved ; wherever the intellectual nature of man distinguishes itself by its energy, brilliancy, and its grandeur ; wherever these two signs concur, and they often do so, notwithstanding the gravest imperfections in the social system, there man proclaims and applauds civilization.
Page 120 - ... that the enemies of the Republic have opposed this committee to the committee of public safety, and have thus constituted two governments; that members of the committee of public safety...
Page 224 - XVI reigned already; so that his cradle could see the last rays of the great throne, and his coffin the first gleams from the great abyss.

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