"Sir," replied the Distinguished Advocate of Republican Institutions, "a ship is expected, bearing His Majesty the King of the Fly-Speck Islands, and I wish to be the first to grasp the crowned hand."
"My dear sir," said the Distinguished Advocate of Republican Institutions, without removing his eyes from the horizon, "you wander away into the strangest irrelevancies!
Citizens of feudal states are alarmed at our democratic institutions lapsing into anarchy, and the older and more cautious among ourselves are learning from Europeans to look with some terror at our turbulent freedom.
For, according to the order of nature, which is quite superior to our will, it stands thus; there will always be a government of force where men are selfish; and when they are pure enough to abjure the code of force they will be wise enough to see how these public ends of the post-office, of the highway, of commerce and the exchange of property, of museums and libraries, of institutions of art and science can be answered.
After he had learnt what the institutions
of Germany could teach him, he gave the French a turn next, and the Italians a turn after that.
It is a great and pleasant feature of all such institutions
in America, that they are either supported by the State or assisted by the State; or (in the event of their not needing its helping hand) that they act in concert with it, and are emphatically the people's.
It was the result of circumstances and discussions which had occurred during their passage from Europe, and is a full demonstration that the nature of civil government, abstracted from the political institutions
of their native country, had been an object of their serious meditation.
This country, with its institutions
, belongs to the people who inhabit it.
Had it not been that the French admiral, with a large party, was then in the glen, I have no doubt that the natives, although their tribe was small and dispirited, would have inflicted summary vengeance upon the man who thus outraged their most sacred institutions
; as it was, they contrived to annoy him not a little.
And Stepan Arkadyevitch was not merely an honest man--unemphatically--in the common acceptation of the words, he was an honest man--emphatically--in that special sense which the word has in Moscow, when they talk of an "honest" politician, an "honest" writer, an "honest" newspaper, an "honest" institution
, an "honest" tendency, meaning not simply that the man or the institution
is not dishonest, but that they are capable on occasion of taking a line of their own in opposition to the authorities.
The situation I am enabled to offer you is that of secretary to a new Literary and Scientific Institution
, about to be opened in the town of Duskydale, near which neighborhood I possess, as you must be aware, some landed property.
The Book of Army Management says: On the field of battle, the spoken word does not carry far enough: hence the institution
of gongs and drums.