The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavours of our lives.
The only method of doing this is to assume a perfect resignation to the Divine will, to consider that whatever does happen, must happen; and that by our uneasiness, we cannot prevent the blow before it does fall, but we may add to its force after it has fallen. A lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and divinity, that ever were written.
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them. All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution. Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
We took the liberty to make some enquiries concerning the ground of their pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation.
The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. Experience declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind; for I can apply no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become corrupt as in Europe.
I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.
Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights. I say, the earth belongs to each of these generations during its course, fully and in its own right. I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it.The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind. I learn with great satisfaction that you are about committing to the press the valuable historical and State papers you have been so long collecting.
The incorporation of a bank, and the powers assumed by this bill, have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the United States, by the Constitution.
Let what will be said or done, preserve your sang-froid immovably, and to every obstacle, oppose patience, perseverance, and soothing language. We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it. The second office of the government is honorable and easy, the first is but a splendid misery. It was by the sober sense of our citizens that we were safely and steadily conducted from monarchy to republicanism, and it is by the same agency alone we can be kept from falling back. A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses. I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another. To preserve the freedom of the human mind then and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom; for as long as we may think as we will, and speak as we think, the condition of man will proceed in improvement.
Of the various executive abilities, no one excited more anxious concern than that of placing the interests of our fellow-citizens in the hands of honest men, with understanding sufficient for their stations. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy. Notwithstanding these disadvantages, a system of morals is presented to us, which, if filled up in the true style and spirit of the rich fragments he left us, would be the most perfect and sublime that has ever been taught by man. The question of his being a member of the Godhead, or in direct communication with it, claimed for him by some of his followers, and denied by others, is foreign to the present view, which is merely an estimate of the intrinsic merit of his doctrines. I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance, or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.
Whensoever hostile aggressions…require a resort to war, we must meet our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies. Blest is that nation whose silent course of happiness furnishes nothing for history to say.
My religious reading has long been confined to the moral branch of religion, which is the same in all religions; while in that branch which consists of dogmas, all differ. The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent to the people of the country under regulations as would secure their safe return in due time. Nothing was or is farther from my intentions, than to enlist myself as the champion of a fixed opinion, where I have only expressed doubt.
It has always been denied by the republican party in this country, that the Constitution had given the power of incorporation to Congress.
The selfish spirit of commerce knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greece and Rome have left us.That we are overdone with banking institutions which have banished the precious metals and substituted a more fluctuating and unsafe medium, that these have withdrawn capital from useful improvements and employments to nourish idleness, that the wars of the world have swollen our commerce beyond the wholesome limits of exchanging our own productions for our own wants, and that, for the emolument of a small proportion of our society who prefer these demoralizing pursuits to labors useful to the whole, the peace of the whole is endangered and all our present difficulties produced, are evils more easily to be deplored than remedied. Knowing that religion does not furnish grosser bigots than law, I expect little from old judges.
The acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec, will be a mere matter of marching, and will give us experience for the attack of Halifax the next, and the final expulsion of England from the American continent. England was, until we copied her, the only country on earth which ever, by a general law, gave a legal right to the exclusive use of an idea. He who steadily observes the moral precepts in which all religions concur, will never be questioned at the gates of heaven as to the dogmas in which they all differ. Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern, which have come under my observation, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus.
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.
The whole history of these books is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. If we did a good act merely from love of God and a belief that it is pleasing to Him, whence arises the morality of the Atheist?
The Christian priesthood, finding the doctrines of Christ levelled to every understanding, and too plain to need explanation, saw in the mysticism of Plato, materials with which they might build up an artificial system, which might, from its indistinctness, admit everlasting controversy, give employment for their order, and introduce it to profit, power and pre-eminence. I like well your idea of issuing treasury notes bearing interest, because I am persuaded they would soon be withdrawn from circulation and locked up in vaults & private hoards. A man has a right to use a saw, an axe, a plane, separately; may he not combine their uses on the same piece of wood?

Trust me, I already feel just a little bit more in touch with my feelings than I’m comfortable with. When checked, Shutterstock's safe search screens restricted content and excludes it from your search results. A word of warning before we continue: If you’re introducing your children to the basic concepts of programming, this lesson might be a little difficult for them to understand, as it requires a way of thinking about information that can be somewhat counter-intuitive. At the core of it, variables and data structures are basically like templates for holding specific pieces of information in your computer’s memory.
For this reason, computer languages have discrete data types that allow you to be totally unambiguous with the information you’re working with. Floating points are rational numbers, and unlike their simpler integer cousins, can store fractional values.
Finally, we have strings, which are on the border between simple variables and more complex data structures. For a more mathematical approach, you can work with real number sets, like natural numbers, whole numbers, integers, rational numbers and even irrational numbers. For example, if you write the set {1, 1.2, 0, -5, ?}, and ask for all the natural numbers, your children should only circle 1. Such exercises will help them not only do well in math class, but will set the stage for them to one day build their own army of automatons. At several moments I felt briefly like there were a few too many coincidences: Jane happened to flee directly to her cousins’ home?
I re-read this last year although it had been so long since I had read it the first time (when I was a young girl) that it was essentially like reading it from scratch. It’s true that the plot almost defies our suspension of disbelief at certain points, but it probably says something that this is so easy to overlook.
Very true — the rest of the book is so strong that I’m willing to allow Bronte her occasional coincidence!
She seldom has received much aid from the power of great men to whom she is rarely known & seldom welcome. I may grow rich by art I am compelled to follow, I may recover health by medicines I am compelled to take against my own judgment, but I cannot be saved by a worship I disbelieve & abhor. This falsehood of tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions. Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment and death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment . The Ambassador [of Tripoli] answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.
My opinion was never worthy enough of notice to merit citing; but since you ask it I will tell it you. The second generation receives it clear of the debts and incumbrances of the first, the third of the second, and so on. Time and accident are committing daily havoc on the originals deposited in our public offices.
It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. According to the ordinary fate of those who attempt to enlighten and reform mankind, he fell an early victim to the jealousy & combination of the altar and the throne, at about 33.
Hence the doctrines which he really delivered were defective as a whole, and fragments only of what he did deliver have come to us mutilated, misstated, & often unintelligible. He corrected the Deism of the Jews, confirming them in their belief of one only God, and giving them juster notions of his attributes and government. He taught, emphatically, the doctrines of a future state, which was either doubted, or disbelieved by the Jews; and wielded it with efficacy, as an important incentive, supplementary to the other motives to moral conduct.
On the establishment of the Bank of the United States, this was the great ground on which that establishment was combated; and the party prevailing supported it only on the argument of its being an incident to the power given them for raising money.
In some other countries it is sometimes done, in a great case, and by a special and personal act, but, generally speaking, other nations have thought that these monopolies produce more embarrassment than advantage to society; and it may be observed that the nations which refuse monopolies of invention, are as fruitful as England in new and useful devices. He who follows this steadily need not, I think, be uneasy, although he cannot comprehend the subtleties and mysteries erected on his doctrines by those who, calling themselves his special followers and favorites, would make him come into the world to lay snares for all understandings but theirs. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes. I have considered it as a matter between every man and his Maker in which no other, and far less the public, had a right to intermeddle. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds.
The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains. He has a right to use his knife to cut his meat, a fork to hold it; may a patentee take from him the right to combine their use on the same subject? The most common basic types are integer, floating point, boolean, character and string. Integers are whole numbers, like our “1” example above. So, assigning 1.2 to a variable with a floating point type will not cause any loss of data.
The thing to keep in mind is that, as with anything stored in a computer’s memory, characters are actually numbers that represent the symbols humans use. String variables hold chains of characters, much like the document you are reading right now. The goal should be to teach them to recognize the difference between one type of number and another, or to correctly classify numbers.
Simply write a single value on each card, being sure to mix up the types, and then shuffle the cards. A classic way to train how to spot these numbers, and the relationships between them, is to write down a series of numbers and ask your children to circle all the numbers of a certain type. I made it through 28 years of my life knowing only the briefest generalities about Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
I admit, I’m one of those people that adore Rochester, and I explained my reasonings for it in my way-too-long review I posted a few weeks ago. I actually am hoping to later this month, and got a push when my mom told me that it’s one not to be missed!
She was mildly appalled when she found out I’d never read it and told me it was one of her favorite books in high school.
I can deal with coincidences, I think, as long as the story and characters are as good as they are in Jane Eyre! I felt like Rochester was hiding something, a secret or an ulterior motive or the like, that made me wary for Jane.
The rest of the book made up for that, though, for me, so that I noticed the serendipity but didn’t dwell on it.
Could not believe that I managed to not read the book nor hear a lot about the plot for 19 years.
I guess maybe that was less coincidental and more convenient…the one time she actually manages to wreak havoc on Thornfield is while Jane is away. I have always loved Jane as a character, wanted to be her friend, all of the things you said.

I noticed the coincidences too, but I completely overlooked them, mostly because I loved Jane Eyre the character too much.
I stayed up late to finish it and just sat there for a few minutes after I’d finished the last page.
Nothing but free argument, raillery & even ridicule will preserve the purity of religion. I am not a Federalist, because I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself.
For if the first could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generation. If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake. A development of this head will evince the peculiar superiority of the system of Jesus over all others.
He pushed his scrutinies into the heart of man; erected his tribunal in the region of his thoughts, and purified the waters at the fountain head. These metaphysical heads, usurping the judgment seat of God, denounce as his enemies all who cannot perceive the Geometrical logic of Euclid in the demonstrations of St. Such a law, instead of enlarging our conveniences, as was intended, would most fearfully abridge them, and crowd us by monopolies out of the use of the things we have.
It’s a broad category, and an attempt at writing an exhaustive list of possible types of data structures would be futile. Integer variables do not have the precision to store fractional values, so if you tried to assign the value 1.2 to an integer type variable, you’d lose all of the data after the decimal. For example, 65 represents “A” on the standard ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) table, while 109 represents “m”. Strings can hold small words or large blocks of text, and are actually very similar to a data structure known as an array, which we’ll discuss later. How I avoided the details for so long is a mystery to me; even the back of my edition, which I read after finishing the book, gives the basic plot for more than half the novel. He had to prove himself, and it wasn’t until his reunion with Jane in his humbled state that he did so. Rochester’s first wife conveniently flung herself from the roof during Jane’s absence? I didn’t read your whole review for fear of spoilers, but I will be coming back to it once I have finished the book. As for Rochester, he was definitely witty and humorous, but I didn’t trust him until the very end. I was so happy Jane stayed true to herself but also found happiness — I feel like oftentimes a character has to give up something or compromise to get what they want. Then, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence. The last cannot be recovered, but let us save what remains; not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident. To seek out the best through the whole Union, we must resort to the information which from the best of men, acting disinterestedly and with the purest motives, is sometimes incorrect. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
This point is, think of them as scaffolds, or specifically shaped containers, to hold the data in your program. Think of your computer’s memory as a rack of post office boxes, and the variable names as the addresses to those boxes. You can generally just think of characters as being their human friendly equivalents, though. You can start simply, by just having two types, like integers and floating points, and then increase the complexity by adding additional types, like booleans, characters and strings. I was angry at him for having hidden the existence of his first wife; it made his affection for Jane seem less authentic somehow. But I found myself caught up in the story, swept away by Jane’s narration, and my objections never lasted long. I’m just happy to bask in the glow that comes with having recently finished a long, leisurely reading of a wonderful novel. She wanted to destroy Rochester and end her life, and she kept attempting that over and over, and failing. I always felt like he was hiding something, and even though I didn’t know what it was, I wanted Jane to look out for herself!
I think Jane Eyre is a great introduction to the classics because it is not stuffy or slow at all!
And I’ll overlook the cousins thing, but I really can’t come up with a good justification for that one!
And I agree that the story was less about the romance (for me) and more about her strength and dignity. But the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch. It is easier to acquire them, and to effect this, they have perverted the best religion ever preached to man into mystery and jargon, unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer engine for their purposes. The other idea of creating a National bank, I do not concur in, because it seems now decided that Congress has not that power, (altho’ I sincerely wish they had it exclusively) and because I think there is already a vast redundancy, rather than a scarcity of paper medium. In later chapters, Brene will also ask herself “what is brave for you?” What is the brave way for you to act or respond in any certain situation?
I was wary of his reunion with Jane, unsure of how Bronte could reconcile the two without Jane giving up some essential part of her. I have no solid complaint to lodge against the book, and even these potential quibbles are, overall, hardly worth mentioning.
Now the whole coincidence with her cousins, yeah that defies probability and all, but I loved the story so much that it didn’t matter to me.
For me, it appears that the brave thing, not my first instinct, is to live a courageous life in a way that reflects the original meaning of the word. My cousin read this and though the whole thing seemed very cliched, but she’s a reader of modern romances which all have their roots in this story, so it was hard for her to separate that out. They have, in the mother country, been generally the primest supporters of the free principles of their constitution. It was a little difficult for me to keep in mind that she is a character, not a flesh-and-blood human being. Rochester absolutely redeemed himself in the end, and the whole of part 2, chapter 37 made me extraordinarily happy.

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