And for my merit that I had acquired I gain yet another sign.
But for the merit I have acquired in guiding thee upon the Way, there would have been added to me yet another life ere I had found my River.
We speak of the keeping of a room as we would of the keeping of a picture - for both the picture and the room are amenable to those undeviating principles which regulate all varieties of art; and very nearly the same laws by which we decide on the higher merits
of a painting, suffice for decision on the adjustment of a chamber.
Though some skeptics smiled when told of Berg's merits
, it could not be denied that he was a painstaking and brave officer, on excellent terms with his superiors, and a moral young man with a brilliant career before him and an assured position in society.
I cannot tell whether it was because I found them like my ideals here, or whether my ideals acquired merit because of their likeness to the realities there; they appeared to be all of one degree of enchanting loveliness; but upon the whole I must have preferred them in the plays, because it was so much easier to get on with them there; I was always much better dressed there; I was vastly handsomer; I was not bashful or afraid, and I had some defects of these advantages to contend with here.
The intellectual experience of the people was mainly theological and political, as it was everywhere in that day, but there were several among them who had a real love for books, and when they met at the druggist's, as they did every night, to dispute of the inspiration of the Scriptures and the principles of the Free Soil party, the talk sometimes turned upon the respective merits of Dickens and Thackeray, Gibbon and Macaulay, Wordsworth and Byron.
These being her Ladyship's personal merits
, impartial history must acknowledge, on the list of her defects, a total want of tact and taste in her attire.
How far I have succeeded in this good attempt, I shall submit to the candid reader, with only two requests: First, that he will not expect to find perfection in this work; and Secondly, that he will excuse some parts of it, if they fall short of that little merit
which I hope may appear in others.
He had the not very common type of mind that perceives the merit
in others more readily than their faults, and in himself the faults more readily than the merit
This I say, Sancho, that thou attribute not the favour thou hast received to thine own merits
, but give thanks to heaven that disposes matters beneficently, and secondly thanks to the great power the profession of knight-errantry contains in itself.
The Rogue may surely claim two merits
, at least, in the eyes of the new generation--he is never serious for two moments together; and he "doesn't take long to read.
I don't in the least understand the merits
of silk and lace; but one thing I know--my wife will be the most beautiful woman at the ball.