Eaten bread is soon forgotten. I know it's smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment — and yet — I can't help it — I enjoy every second of it.
At any rate, at the end of a fortnight the valley was a desert, and honour was satisfied. We may picture them again as darkness fell, eighteen miles of warships running at high speed and in absolute blackness through the narrow Straits, bearing with them into the broad waters of the North the safeguard of considerable affairs….
In former days, when wars arose from individual causes, from the policy of a Minister or the passion of a King, when they were fought by small regular armies of professional soldiers, and when their course was retarded by the difficulties of communication and supply, and often suspended by the winter season, it was possible to limit the liabilities of the combatants.
It is the abiding fear and hatred of the movement that seeks to place the native on a level with the white man … the Kaffir is to be declared the brother of the European, to be constituted his legal equal, to be armed with political rights. The strongest army was arrested in its advance by the machine gun I now began for the first time to envy those young cubs at the university who had fine scholars to tell them what was what; professors who had devoted their lives to mastering and focusing ideas in every branch of learning; who were eager to distribute the treasures they had gathered before they were overtaken by the night.
Several generations have elapsed since the nations of the West have drawn the sword in religious controversy, and the evil memories of the gloomy past have soon faded in the strong, clear light of Rationalism and human sympathy.
When we all got back to camp, our General communicated by heliograph through a distant mountain top with Sir Bindon Blood at Nawagai.
Speech to the Scottish Liberal Association, Edinburgh, 18 July The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilisation of any country.
The forces of progress clash with those of reaction. How else can we put ourselves in harmonious relation with the great verities and consolations of the infinite and the eternal?