They no longer soar, and they attain
only to a Shanghai and Cochin- China grandeur.
Inspired by an ecstatic prescience of the glories beyond the grave, we struggle by multiform combinations among the things and thoughts of Time to attain
a portion of that Loveliness whose very elements perhaps appertain to eternity alone.
This fault the Lacedaemonians did not fall into, for they made their children fierce by painful labour, as chiefly useful to inspire them with courage: though, as we have already often said, this is neither the only thing nor the principal thing necessary to attend to; and even with respect to this they may not thus attain
their end; for we do not find either in other animals, or other nations, that courage necessarily attends the most cruel, but rather the milder, and those who have the dispositions of lions: for there are many people who are eager both to kill men and to devour human flesh, as the Achaeans and Heniochi in Pontus, and many others in Asia, some of whom are as bad, others worse than these, who indeed live by tyranny, but are men of no courage.
For ages, from our forefather Adam to our own day, we labor to attain
that knowledge and are still infinitely far from our aim; but in our lack of understanding we see only our weakness and His greatness.
He tried in everything he took up to attain
such success and perfection as would evoke praise and surprise.
How should I, a poor girl, with so little knowledge of the world and its ways, be able to attain
this end, which perhaps you could not attain
It ended with the double hypothesis: either the attraction of the moon would draw it to herself, and the travelers thus attain
their end; or that the projectile, held in one immutable orbit, would gravitate around the lunar disc to all eternity.
There is a perfection which all knowledge ought to reach, and which our pupils ought also to attain
, and not to fall short of, as I was saying that they did in astronomy.
And again, that as these acquisitions are in themselves generally worthless, so are the means to attain
them not only base and infamous, but at best incertain, and always full of danger.
We have already reached a very high latitude; but it is the height of summer, and although not so warm as in England, the southern gales, which blow us speedily towards those shores which I so ardently desire to attain
, breathe a degree of renovating warmth which I had not expected.
This stately tree, which is rarely met with upon the Sandwich Islands, and then only of a very inferior quality, and at Tahiti does not abound to a degree that renders its fruit the principal article of food, attains
its greatest excellence in the genial climate of the Marquesan group, where it grows to an enormous magnitude, and flourishes in the utmost abundance.
There are two lessons in this discourse: first, that in order to create one must be as a little child; secondly, that it is only through existing law and order that one attains
to that height from which new law and new order may be promulgated.