For not to speak of his readiness in ordinary duties: --repairing stove boats, sprung spars, reforming
the shape of clumsy-bladed oars, inserting bull's eyes in the deck, or new tree-nails in the side planks, and other miscellaneous matters more directly pertaining to his special business; he was moreover unhesitatingly expert in all manner of conflicting aptitudes, both useful and capricious.
I have shown that the German language needs reforming
And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming
Discontented people might talk of corruption in the Commons, closeness in the Commons, and the necessity of reforming
the Commons, said Mr.
O Earth, how like to Heav'n, if not preferrd More justly, Seat worthier of Gods, as built With second thoughts, reforming
what was old
In the course of their conversation they fell to discussing what they call State-craft and systems of government, correcting this abuse and condemning that, reforming
one practice and abolishing another, each of the three setting up for a new legislator, a modern Lycurgus, or a brand-new Solon; and so completely did they remodel the State, that they seemed to have thrust it into a furnace and taken out something quite different from what they had put in; and on all the subjects they dealt with, Don Quixote spoke with such good sense that the pair of examiners were fully convinced that he was quite recovered and in his full senses.
With this before me by way of example, I was persuaded that it would indeed be preposterous for a private individual to think of reforming
a state by fundamentally changing it throughout, and overturning it in order to set it up amended; and the same I thought was true of any similar project for reforming
the body of the sciences, or the order of teaching them established in the schools: but as for the opinions which up to that time I had embraced, I thought that I could not do better than resolve at once to sweep them wholly away, that I might afterwards be in a position to admit either others more correct, or even perhaps the same when they had undergone the scrutiny of reason.
As many times has their laudable zeal found it impossible to UNITE THE PUBLIC COUNCILS in reforming
the known, the acknowledged, the fatal evils of the existing constitution.
We had occasion, in a former paper, to take notice of the repeated trials which have been unsuccessfully made in the United Netherlands for reforming
the baneful and notorious vices of their constitution.
I was about to utter an impertinence, I confess, ma'am, but recollected in time, that young men's protestations of what THEY would do by way of reforming
the world, is not of half the importance to others that they so often fancy; so I shall spare you the infliction.
The patterns on the gold-worked curtains ran up and down, melting and reforming
as the folds shook and quivered to the night wind; and when the talk grew more earnest the jewelled forefinger snapped out little sparks of light between the embroideries.