Nobody will waste his life in accumulating
things, and the symbols for things.
Consequently, and to indulge his own idea of happiness, Cornelius began to be interested in the study of plants and insects, collected and classified the Flora of all the Dutch islands, arranged the whole entomology of the province, on which he wrote a treatise, with plates drawn by his own hands; and at last, being at a loss what to do with his time, and especially with his money, which went on accumulating
at a most alarming rate, he took it into his head to select for himself, from all the follies of his country and of his age, one of the most elegant and expensive, -- he became a tulip-fancier.
He had merely skimmed over the surface of things, observing detached phenomena, accumulating
fragments of facts, making superficial little generalizations - and all and everything quite unrelated in a capricious and disorderly world of whim and chance.
When the festival day came, the presents were offered with much pomp and an accompaniment of flowers,--silk stockings or a fur cap for old Saillard; gold earrings and articles of plate for Elisabeth or her husband, for whom, little by little, the parents were accumulating
a whole silver service; silk petticoats for Madame Saillard, who laid the stuff by and never made it up.
I remembered my skiff, lying idle and accumulating
barnacles at the boat-wharf; I remembered the wind that blew every day on the bay, the sunrises and sunsets I never saw; the bite of the salt air in my nostrils, the bite of the salt water on my flesh when I plunged overside; I remembered all the beauty and the wonder and the sense-delights of the world denied me.
It's been accumulating
for a long while," said Captain Jim, with a deprecating smile.
the detonation produced by the Columbiad, had the immediate effect of troubling the terrestrial atmosphere, by accumulating
a large quantity of vapor, a phenomenon which excited universal indignation, for the moon was hidden from the eyes of the watchers for several nights.
On my return home, it occurred to me, in 1837, that something might perhaps be made out on this question by patiently accumulating
and reflecting on all sorts of facts which could possibly have any bearing on it.
He had retrieved his position partly by a fortunate marriage, partly by the slow persistent thrift characteristic of provincial life; for in the provinces people pride themselves on accumulating
rather than on spending, and all the ambition in a man's nature is either extinguished or directed to money-getting, for want of any nobler end.
property for ourselves or our posterity, in founding a family or a state, or acquiring fame even, we are mortal; but in dealing with truth we are immortal, and need fear no change nor accident.
Finally I sat down in the first cab that came along and it was a hard matter to keep on sitting there I can tell you, while we rolled up and down the streets, pulling up here and there, the parcels accumulating
round me and the engine in my head gathering more way every minute.
Also, I said, the State, if once started well, moves with accumulating
force like a wheel.