The two great points of difference between a democracy and a republic are: first, the delegation of the government, in the latter, to a small number of citizens elected by the rest; secondly, the greater
number of citizens, and greater
sphere of country, over which the latter may be extended.
They also admit of variation of degree: for it is possible to heat in a greater
or less degree; also to be heated in a greater
or less degree.
I will, in this place, hazard an observation, which will not be the less just because to some it may appear new; which is, that the more the operations of the national authority are intermingled in the ordinary exercise of government, the more the citizens are accustomed to meet with it in the common occurrences of their political life, the more it is familiarized to their sight and to their feelings, the further it enters into those objects which touch the most sensible chords and put in motion the most active springs of the human heart, the greater
will be the probability that it will conciliate the respect and attachment of the community.
The brushwood appears, from a short distance, as leafless as our trees during winter; and it was some time before I discovered that not only almost every plant was now in full leaf, but that the greater
number were in flower.
Had we been of the tragic complexion, the reader must now allow we were very nearly arrived at this period, since it would be difficult for the devil, or any of his representatives on earth, to have contrived much greater
torments for poor Jones than those in which we left him in the last chapter; and as for Sophia, a good-natured woman would hardly wish more uneasiness to a rival than what she must at present be supposed to feel.
The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellences, are open likewise to the greatest aberrations; and those who travel very slowly may yet make far greater
progress, provided they keep always to the straight road, than those who, while they run, forsake it.
It is greater
than the stars--that moving procession of human energy; greater
than the palpitating earth and the things growing thereon.
Military science says that the more troops the greater
The facts by no means seem to me to indicate that the greater
or lesser difficulty of either grafting or crossing together various species has been a special endowment; although in the case of crossing, the difficulty is as important for the endurance and stability of specific forms, as in the case of grafting it is unimportant for their welfare.
And what greater
felicity than to be alone in a tavern with your last new song, just born and yet still a tingling part of you.