There was one man, especially, the observation
of whose character gave me a new idea of talent.
I do not suppose that for the world they would have profaned that moment with the slightest observation
, even upon so neutral a topic as the weather.
Then the bird stepped a little way along his limb to get a better point of observation
, lifted his wings, stuck his head far down below his shoulders toward me and croaked again--a croak with a distinctly insulting expression about it.
Situated in such a neighborhood as this, Vauxhall Walk gains by comparison, and establishes claims to respectability which no impartial observation
can fail to recognize.
These unhappy people were proposing schemes for persuading monarchs to choose favourites upon the score of their wisdom, capacity, and virtue; of teaching ministers to consult the public good; of rewarding merit, great abilities, eminent services; of instructing princes to know their true interest, by placing it on the same foundation with that of their people; of choosing for employments persons qualified to exercise them, with many other wild, impossible chimeras, that never entered before into the heart of man to conceive; and confirmed in me the old observation
, "that there is nothing so extravagant and irrational, which some philosophers have not maintained for truth.
The first thing that offers itself to our observation
, is the qualified negative of the President upon the acts or resolutions of the two houses of the legislature; or, in other words, his power of returning all bills with objections, to have the effect of preventing their becoming laws, unless they should afterwards be ratified by two thirds of each of the component members of the legislative body.
Under the confusion of names, it has been an easy task to transfer to a republic observations
applicable to a democracy only; and among others, the observation
that it can never be established but among a small number of people, living within a small compass of territory.
After breakfast we will go on shore and choose a post for observation
I should think them too indolent to devote any attention to its culture; and, indeed, as far as my observation
extended, not a single atom of the soil was under any other cultivation than that of shower and sunshine.
As for the observation
that Machiavel hath, that the jealousy of sects, doth much extinguish the memory of things; traducing Gregory the Great, that he did what in him lay, to extinguish all heathen antiquities; I do not find that those zeals do any great effects, nor last long; as it appeared in the succession of Sabinian, who did revive the former antiquities.
But with this, neither the author nor the public have any other concern than as some observation
is necessary upon those parts of the work which thirteen years have made comparatively obsolete.
I have had no opportunity to find out any thing about the upper classes by my own observation
, but from what I hear said about them I judge that what they lack in one or two of the bad traits the canaille have, they make up in one or two others that are worse.