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Page 18 - The definition of good Prose is — proper words in their proper places — of good Verse — the most proper words in their proper places. The propriety is in either case relative. The words in prose ought to express the intended meaning, and no more ; if they attract attention to themselves, it is, in general, a fault.
Page 81 - ... so long it seems to me I have won my wager and recovered my glove. I am better now, have been rightly speaking since first I came to the Pacific, and still, few are the days when I am not in some physical distress. And the battle goes on — ill or well, is a trifle; so as it goes. I was made for a contest and the Powers have so willed that my battlefield should be this dingy, inglorious one of the bed and the physic bottle.
Page 81 - For fourteen years I have not had a day's real health; I have wakened sick and gone to bed weary; and I have done my work unflinchingly. I have written in bed, and written out of it, written in hemorrhages, written in sickness, written torn by coughing, written when my head swam for weakness ; and for so long it seems to me I have won my wager and recovered my glove.
Page 2 - Evolution is an integration of matter and concomitant dissipation of motion; during which the matter passes from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite, coherent heterogeneity; and during which the retained motion undergoes a parallel transformation.
Page 11 - Have something to say, and say it, was the Duke of Wellington's theory of style; Huxley's was to say that which has to be said in such language that you can stand cross-examination on each word.
Page 19 - The shadowy phantom of the Republic continued to flit before the eyes of the Caesar. There was still, he apprehended, a germ of sentiment existing, on which a scion of his own house, or even a stranger, might boldly throw himself and raise the standard of patrician independence.
Page 19 - Style. Was launched into eternity. When the fatal noose was adjusted about the neck of the unfortunate victim of his own unbridled passions. A vast concourse was assembled to witness. Disastrous conflagration. The conflagration extended its devastating career. Edifice consumed. The progress of the devouring element was arrested. Individual was precipitated. A valuable horse attached to a vehicle driven by JS, in the employment of JB, collided with.
Page 19 - One of those omnipresent characters who, as if in pursuance of some previous arrangement, are certain to be encountered in the vicinity when an accident occurs, ventured the suggestion.
Page 19 - The chief magistrate of the metropolis, in well-chosen and eloquent language, frequently interrupted by the plaudits of the surging multitude, officially tendered the hospitalities. I shall, with your permission, beg leave to offer some brief observations.