Its inevitable tendency, whenever it is brought into activity, must be to enfeeble
the Union, and sow the seeds of discord and contention between the federal head and its members, and between the members themselves.
By undue profundity we perplex and enfeeble
thought; and it is possible to make even Venus herself vanish from the firmanent by a scrutiny too sustained, too concentrated, or too direct.
There is no money in the treasury, and so they enfeeble
her instead of strengthening.
Moreover, he was too conscientious to do anything to enfeeble
his impressions and unwilling to alter any of the customary conditions under which the manifestations were said to occur.
I have not yet said that a boy should be taught to rush into the snares of life, - or even wilfully to seek temptation for the sake of exercising his virtue by overcoming it; - I only say that it is better to arm and strengthen your hero, than to disarm and enfeeble
the foe; - and if you were to rear an oak sapling in a hothouse, tending it carefully night and day, and shielding it from every breath of wind, you could not expect it to become a hardy tree, like that which has grown up on the mountain-side, exposed to all the action of the elements, and not even sheltered from the shock of the tempest.
Stelling was not the man to enfeeble
and emasculate his pupil's mind by simplifying and explaining, or to reduce the tonic effect of etymology by mixing it with smattering, extraneous information, such as is given to girls.