Footsteps to Fame: A Book to Open Other Books

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Groombridge, 1874 - Biography - 310 pages

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Page 119 - Not once or twice in our rough island-story The path of duty was the way to glory. He that walks it, only thirsting For the right, and learns to deaden Love of self, before his journey closes, He shall find the stubborn thistle bursting Into glossy purples, which out-redden All voluptuous garden-roses.
Page 92 - I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Page 154 - I have had live crows, hawks, and owls ; opossums, squirrels, snakes, lizards, &c., so that my room has sometimes reminded me of Noah's ark ; but Noah had a wife in one corner of it, and, in this particular, our parallel does not altogether tally. I receive every subject of natural history that is brought to me ; and, though they do not march into my ark from all quarters, as they did into that of our great ancestor, yet I find means, by the distribution of a few fivepenny bits, to make them find...
Page 91 - I may have but a minute to speak to you. My dear, be a good man - be virtuous - be religious - be a good man. Nothing else will give you any comfort when you come to lie here.
Page 98 - Her court was pure ; her life serene ; God gave her peace; her land reposed; A thousand claims to reverence closed In her as Mother, Wife and Queen ; " And statesmen at her council met Who knew the seasons, when to take Occasion by the hand, and make The bounds of freedom wider yet, By shaping some august decree, Which kept her throne unshaken still, Broad-based upon her people's will, And compassed by the inviolate sea.
Page 297 - It is wonderful what a very large amount of most instructive matter connected with the animal and plant world the writer has condensed into a small compass.
Page 91 - So it being given unto him, he poised it in his hand, and felt along upon the edge of it with his thumb, to see if it was keen ; and smiling, spake unto Mr. Sheriff, saying, " This is a sharp medicine, but it will cure all diseases.
Page 153 - I sometimes smile to think that while others are immersed in deep schemes of speculation and aggrandizement — in building towns and purchasing plantations, I am entranced in contemplation over the plumage of a lark, or gazing like a despairing lover, on the lineaments of an owl.
Page 297 - The wonders of the sea-shore are detailed in an easy, pleasant, and lucid style." — Examiner. " The book is very attractive, and its usefulness is enhanced by its many careful illustrations.
Page 298 - PROFITABLE GARDENING: A Practical Guide to the Culture of Vegetables, Fruits, and other useful Out-door Garden Products; Intended for the use of Amateurs, Gentlemen's Gardeners, Allottees, and Growers for Market. SHIRLEY HIBBERD, FRHS, Author of * Rustic Adornments for Homes of Taste/ * The Town Garden/ * Book of the Aquarium,

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