That which is no longer dangerous for a modern
vessel, well rigged, strongly built, and master of its own course, thanks to obedient steam, offered all sorts of perils to the ships of the ancients.
About half the intellectual effort which is needed to review a book of modern
poetry has enabled me to get together seven or eight people, of opposite sexes, at the same spot at the same hour on the same day.
Ancients and moderns
, I am the poet who towers over them all.
The ancients, the fathers of the Church, the moderns
, the Scriptures, the Arabians, were each sent hurtling against the other, while the rain still dripped and the dark holly-leaves glistened with the moisture.
Plato among the Greeks, like Bacon among the moderns
, was the first who conceived a method of knowledge, although neither of them always distinguished the bare outline or form from the substance of truth; and both of them had to be content with an abstraction of science which was not yet realized.
The only supernatural agents which can in any manner be allowed to us moderns
, are ghosts; but of these I would advise an author to be extremely sparing.
Through the rugged remains of temples and tombs and palaces and senate halls and theatres and amphitheatres of ancient days, hosts of tongue-tied and blindfolded moderns
were carefully feeling their way, incessantly repeating Prunes and Prism in the endeavour to set their lips according to the received form.
It was a low-studded room, with a beam across the ceiling, panelled with dark wood, and having a large chimney-piece, set round with pictured tiles, but now closed by an iron fire-board, through which ran the funnel of a modern
The name of Robin Hood, if duly conjured with, should raise a spirit as soon as that of Rob Roy; and the patriots of England deserve no less their renown in our modern
circles, than the Bruces and Wallaces of Caledonia.
The two gentlemen, who conducted me to the island, were pressed by their private affairs to return in three days, which I employed in seeing some of the modern
dead, who had made the greatest figure, for two or three hundred years past, in our own and other countries of Europe; and having been always a great admirer of old illustrious families, I desired the governor would call up a dozen or two of kings, with their ancestors in order for eight or nine generations.
To this accidental source of the error may be added the artifice of some celebrated authors, whose writings have had a great share in forming the modern
standard of political opinions.
bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with clash antagonisms.