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What substitute can there be imagined for this ignis fatuus in finance, but that of permitting the national government to raise its own revenues by the ordinary methods of taxation authorized in every well-ordered constitution of civil government?
but I'd as soon offer to take hold of a blue ignis fatuus light in a marsh.
It may be only an ignis fatuus, after all, but it can do no harm to follow it with my eyes and rejoice in its lustre, as long as it does not lure me from the path I ought to keep; and I think it will not, for I have thought deeply on my aunt's advice, and I see clearly, now, the folly of throwing myself away on one that is unworthy of all the love I have to give, and incapable of responding to the best and deepest feelings of my inmost heart - so clearly, that even if I should see him again, and if he should remember me and love me still (which, alas
Bush," he said, "in believing that some ignis fatuus of the imagination has deceived Abiram, in the signs or symptoms of which he has spoken.
The advocates of the latter must acknowledge it to be an ignis fatuus and abandon the pursuit.
This book aims at balance: Brian Boru exploited the disintegrating "Ui Neill high-kingship of Ireland," "which admittedly had never been as all-embracing as later generations of nationalists wished to believe (but neither was it the ignis fatuus to which modern revisionists have sometimes relegated it" (118-19).
The natural phenomenon of ignis fatuus is better known as what?
Error-riddled textbooks burn with the ignis fatuus, the unseen foolish fire, of Miseducation, providing neither heat nor light, yet burning, burning all that it comes in contact with.
The end of the passage demonstrates Augustine's anti-Pelagian and anti-Manichean intentions: "How will they be able to attribute to him a previous life of so disgraceful a character that he deserved to be born a fatuus, and at the same time of so highly meritorious a character as to entitle him to a preference in the award of the grace of Christ over many men of the acutest intellect?
Shortly thereafter, Falstaff identifies the glowing nose as an "ignis fatuus," literally a foolish fire (3.
ideas of order eephus: ignis fatuus (an inner light) a utopian idea
269 (from fatuus, "silly"), who considers "dass Varro ein Vierphasensystem der kindlichen Sprachentwicklung vorschwebte: 1) Vagire; 2) Infans (=fatuus = quasi-fari); 3) Fari; 4) Loqui" (ibid.