There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act
of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void.
The second act
passed away during one continued buzz of voices -- one deep whisper -- intimating that some great and universally interesting event had occurred; all eyes, all thoughts, were occupied with the young and beautiful woman, whose gorgeous apparel and splendid jewels made a most extraordinary spectacle.
After a short pause, however, the subject still continued, and was discussed with unabated eagerness, every one's inclination increasing by the discussion, and a knowledge of the inclination of the rest; and though nothing was settled but that Tom Bertram would prefer a comedy, and his sisters and Henry Crawford a tragedy, and that nothing in the world could be easier than to find a piece which would please them all, the resolution to act
something or other seemed so decided as to make Edmund quite uncomfortable.
But although these plays were looked upon as an act
of religion, they were not all solemn.
Man can act
only on external and visible characters: nature cares nothing for appearances, except in so far as they may be useful to any being.
In as few words as possible," he began, "Spencer puts it something like this: First, a man must act
for his own benefit--to do this is to be moral and good.
Here were these unfortunate people in a scrape on one side; and Magdalen, on the other, mad to act
When the second act
was over, there came a storm of hisses, and Lord Henry got up from his chair and put on his coat.
The first act
passed without incident, which did not surprise Carlotta's friends, because Margarita does not sing in this act
That it will be a federal and not a national act
, as these terms are understood by the objectors; the act
of the people, as forming so many independent States, not as forming one aggregate nation, is obvious from this single consideration, that it is to result neither from the decision of a MAJORITY of the people of the Union, nor from that of a MAJORITY of the States.
Again, there is a third case,--act with knowledge of the persons and then not to act.
Oh, tell me, who was it first announced, who was it first proclaimed, that man only does nasty things because he does not know his own interests; and that if he were enlightened, if his eyes were opened to his real normal interests, man would at once cease to do nasty things, would at once become good and noble because, being enlightened and understanding his real advantage, he would see his own advantage in the good and nothing else, and we all know that not one man can, consciously, act
against his own interests, consequently, so to say, through necessity, he would begin doing good?