It would seem that having rejected the belief of the ancients in man's subjection to the Deity and in a predetermined aim toward which nations are led, modern
history should study not the manifestations of power but the causes that produce it.
The place of manufacture was taken by the giant, Modern
Industry, the place of the industrial middle class, by industrial millionaires, the leaders of whole industrial armies, the modern
In my time, the encouragers of modern
painting were limited in number to a few noblemen and gentlemen of ancient lineage, who, in matters of taste, at least, never presumed to think for themselves.
"I am a noble preserver," said the Modern
Swain, thoughtfully moving away; "the life that I have saved is indeed mine."
It is I, the modern
, who look back across the centuries and weigh and analyze the emotions and motives of Big-Tooth, my other self.
As a child I had not been content with the results promised by the modern
professors of natural science.
In a word, a child of the modern
time--with the merits of the age we live in, and the failings of the age we live in--and a substance of sincerity and truth and feeling underlying it all.
I had the curiosity to inquire in a particular manner, by what methods great numbers had procured to themselves high titles of honour, and prodigious estates; and I confined my inquiry to a very modern
period: however, without grating upon present times, because I would be sure to give no offence even to foreigners
Still the severer antiquary may think, that, by thus intermingling fiction with truth, I am polluting the well of history with modern
inventions, and impressing upon the rising generation false ideas of the age which I describe.
The different elements contributed to the modern
English character by the latest stocks which have been united in it have been indicated by Matthew Arnold in a famous passage ('On the Study of Celtic Literature'): 'The Germanic [Anglo-Saxon and 'Danish'] genius has steadiness as its main basis, with commonness and humdrum for its defect, fidelity to nature for its excellence.
As the summer months advanced, the transformation of the Venetian palace into the modern
hotel proceeded rapidly towards completion.