But as Nature often exhibits some of her best performances to a very full house, so will the behaviour of her spectators no less admit the above-mentioned comparison
than that of her actors.
For the same thing may be small in comparison
with one thing, and great in comparison
with another, so that the same thing comes to be both small and great at one and the same time, and is of such a nature as to admit contrary qualities at one and the same moment.
There was nothing in any of the party which could recommend them as companions to the Dashwoods; but the cold insipidity of Lady Middleton was so particularly repulsive, that in comparison
of it the gravity of Colonel Brandon, and even the boisterous mirth of Sir John and his mother-in-law was interesting.
On a comparison
of this extent with that of several countries in Europe, the practicability of rendering our system commensurate to it appears to be demonstrable.
Any part or organ developed to an extraordinary size or in an extraordinary manner, in comparison
with the same part or organ in the allied species, must have gone through an extraordinary amount of modification since the genus arose; and thus we can understand why it should often still be variable in a much higher degree than other parts; for variation is a long-continued and slow process, and natural selection will in such cases not as yet have had time to overcome the tendency to further variability and to reversion to a less modified state.
But when I saw these sleek, shiny carcasses shimmering in the sunlight as they emerged from the ocean, shaking their giant heads; when I saw the waters roll from their sinuous bodies in miniature waterfalls as they glided hither and thither, now upon the surface, now half submerged; as I saw them meet, open-mouthed, hissing and snorting, in their titanic and interminable warring I realized how futile is man's poor, weak imagination by comparison
with Nature's incredible genius.
As she watched him she could not but compare his swordplay with that of the greatest swordsman of two worlds--her father, John Carter, of Virginia, a, Prince of Helium, Warlord of Barsoom--and she knew that the skill of the Black Chief suffered little by the comparison.
For a minute the fighting was fast and furious and by comparison reducing to insignificance all that had gone before.
To die in Green Anchor Fields, or to fall into the clutches of that vile wretch--is there any comparison
between the two?
with the Wiclifite or other earlier versions is interesting.
Kennedy and others render "Since to men of experience I see that also comparisons
of their counsels are in most lively use.
They that are glorious, must needs be factious; for all bravery stands upon comparisons