States that rise unexpectedly, then, like all other things in nature which are born and grow rapidly, cannot leave their foundations
and correspondencies[*] fixed in such a way that the first storm will not overthrow them; unless, as is said, those who unexpectedly become princes are men of so much ability that they know they have to be prepared at once to hold that which fortune has thrown into their laps, and that those foundations
, which others have laid BEFORE they became princes, they must lay AFTERWARDS.
From the time the first person said and proved that the number of births or of crimes is subject to mathematical laws, and that this or that mode of government is determined by certain geographical and economic conditions, and that certain relations of population to soil produce migrations of peoples, the foundations
on which history had been built were destroyed in their essence.
If then the foundations
, whence the atoll- building corals sprang, were not formed of sediment, and if they were not lifted up to the required level, they must of necessity have subsided into it; and this at once solves the difficulty.
I have already mentioned that the dwellings of the islanders were almost invariably built upon massive stone foundations
, which they call pi-pis.
When the jealous and niggardly policy of their British sovereign denied them even that humblest of requests, and instead of liberty would barely consent to promise connivance, neither he nor they might be aware that they were laying the foundations
of a power, and that he was sowing the seeds of a spirit, which, in less than two hundred years, would stagger the throne of his descendants, and shake his united kingdoms to the centre.
The mode of founding a college is, commonly, to get up a subscription of dollars and cents, and then, following blindly the principles of a division of labor to its extreme -- a principle which should never be followed but with circumspection -- to call in a contractor who makes this a subject of speculation, and he employs Irishmen or other operatives actually to lay the foundations
, while the students that are to be are said to be fitting themselves for it; and for these oversights successive generations have to pay.
I felt that the Reconstruction policy, so far as it related to my race, was in a large measure on a false foundation
, was artificial and forced.
The purpose which had taken a foremost place in Emily's mind rested on the firm foundation
of her love and pity for her aunt.
And, lastly, he inveighed against Minerva because she had not contrived iron wheels in the foundation
of her house, so its inhabitants might more easily remove if a neighbor proved unpleasant.
I will tell you: in consequence of their limitation they take immediate and secondary causes for primary ones, and in that way persuade themselves more quickly and easily than other people do that they have found an infallible foundation
for their activity, and their minds are at ease and you know that is the chief thing.
I have always thought love the only foundation
of happiness in a married state, as it can only produce that high and tender friendship which should always be the cement of this union; and, in my opinion, all those marriages which are contracted from other motives are greatly criminal; they are a profanation of a most holy ceremony, and generally end in disquiet and misery: for surely we may call it a profanation to convert this most sacred institution into a wicked sacrifice to lust or avarice: and what better can be said of those matches to which men are induced merely by the consideration of a beautiful person, or a great fortune?
And besides, when a man is elevated in that odd fashion, he has no proper foundation
for his superior altitude.