Harriet Martineau

Allen, 1884 - 224 páginas
Based largely on Martineau's autobiography this is a sensitive biography of one of the nineteenth century's most eminent reformers and thinkers.

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Página 14 - With vain attempt. Him the Almighty Power Hurled headlong flaming from the ethereal sky, With hideous ruin and combustion, down To bottomless perdition, there to dwell In adamantine chains and penal fire, Who durst defy the Omnipotent to arms.
Página 8 - I had a devouring passion for justice; -justice, first to my own precious self, and then to other oppressed people. Justice was precisely what was least understood in our house, in regard to servants and children. Now and then I desperately poured out my complaints; but in general I brooded over my injuries, and those of others who dared not speak; and then the temptation to suicide was very strong.
Página 145 - She is certainly a woman of wonderful endowments, both intellectual and physical; and though I share few of her opinions , and regard her as fallible on certain points of judgment, I must still award her my sincerest esteem. The manner in which she combines the highest mental culture with the nicest discharge of feminine duties filled me with admiration; while her affectionate kindness earned my gratitude.
Página 219 - I see every thing in the universe go out and disappear, and I see no reason for supposing that it is not an actual and entire death. And for my part, I have no objection to such an extinction. I well remember the passion with which WE Forster said to me, " I had rather be damned than annihilated.
Página 221 - Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right ; for that shall bring a man peace at the last.
Página 145 - ... exemplary or nobler. She seems to me the benefactress of Ambleside, yet takes no sort of credit to herself for her active and indefatigable philanthropy. The government of her household is admirably administered : all she does is well done, from the writing of a history down to the quietest female occupation. No sort of carelessness or neglect is allowed under her rule, and yet she is not over-strict or too rigidly exacting : her servants and her poor neighbours love as well as respect her.
Página 145 - I am at Miss Martineau's for a week. Her house is very pleasant, both within and without; arranged at all points with admirable neatness and comfort. Her visitors enjoy the most perfect liberty ; what she claims for herself she allows them. I rise at my own hour, breakfast alone (she is up at five, takes a cold bath, and a walk by starlight, and has finished breakfast and got to her work by seven o'clock).
Página 122 - ... pages were read, at once pronounced it to be Miss Martineau's production ; and concluded that you knew all about it, and caused it to be sent hither. In some of its most eloquent parts it stops short of their wishes and expectations ; but they all agree that it is a rare book, doing honour to the head and heart of your able and interesting friend. Mr. Wordsworth praised it with more unreserve — I may say, with more earnestness — than is usual with him.
Página 56 - He who loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how shall he love God whom he hath not seen ? You, Mr.

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