The existence of Society, as you truly say, is threatened by the present lamentable prevalence
of Liberal ideas throughout the length and breadth of the land.
Why, there is a mixture, I said; but one thing, and one thing only, is predominantly seen,--the spirit of contention and ambition; and these are due to the prevalence
of the passionate or spirited element.
It is remarkable as showing the wide prevalence
of this law, that among the natives of the British possessions in India, also in a considerable part of China, and among the Calmucks of Tartary, the best means of computation yet furnished us by travellers, yield similar results.
"They are blended," said he, "I acknowledge; and, were she prosperous, I could allow much for the occasional prevalence
of the ridiculous over the good.
I have heard of many things that redound to the credit of the priesthood, but the most notable matter that occurs to me now is the devotion one of the mendicant orders showed during the prevalence
of the cholera last year.
In his great work on Divergent Lines of Racial Evolution , the learned Professor Brayfugle argues from the prevalence
of this gesture -- the shrug -- among Frenchmen, that they are descended from turtles and it is simply a survival of the habit of retracing the head inside the shell.
I cannot hold with other writers on these subjects that the prevalence
of various forms of dissent in America, is in any way attributable to the non-existence there of an established church: indeed, I think the temper of the people, if it admitted of such an Institution being founded amongst them, would lead them to desert it, as a matter of course, merely because it WAS established.
The general prevalence
of agricultural pursuits of a quiet and gradual nature, not requiring those periodic seasons of hurry and pressure that are called for in the business of more southern districts, makes the task of the negro a more healthful and reasonable one; while the master, content with a more gradual style of acquisition, has not those temptations to hardheartedness which always overcome frail human nature when the prospect of sudden and rapid gain is weighed in the balance, with no heavier counterpoise than the interests of the helpless and unprotected.
Hence, as has often been remarked, a species may depart from its allies in several characters, both of high physiological importance and of almost universal prevalence
, and yet leave us in no doubt where it should be ranked.
Until well into the seventeenth century, to be sure, the London companies made frequent tours through the country, but that was chiefly when the prevalence
of the plague had necessitated the closing of the London theaters or when for other reasons acting there had become temporarily unprofitable.
He could defend many institutions better than any philosopher, because, in describing them as they concerned him, he gave the true reason for their prevalence
, and speculation had not suggested to him any other.
On the one hand, he surprised himself by his discoveries in natural history, finding that his piece of garden-ground contained wonderful caterpillars, slugs, and insects, which, so far as he had heard, had never before attracted human observation; and he noticed remarkable coincidences between these zoological phenomena and the great events of that time,--as, for example, that before the burning of York Minster there had been mysterious serpentine marks on the leaves of the rose-trees, together with an unusual prevalence
of slugs, which he had been puzzled to know the meaning of, until it flashed upon him with this melancholy conflagration.