He was foremost at all races and cock fights; and, with the ascendancy which bodily strength always acquires
in rustic life, was the umpire in all disputes, setting his hat on one side, and giving his decisions with an air and tone that admitted of no gainsay or appeal.
There must, he says, be a lower class, given up to physical toil and confined to an animal nature; and a higher one thereby acquires
leisure and wealth for a more expanded intelligence and improvement, and becomes the directing soul of the lower.
Whoever can there bring sufficient proof, that he has strictly observed the laws of his country for seventy-three moons, has a claim to certain privileges, according to his quality or condition of life, with a proportionable sum of money out of a fund appropriated for that use: he likewise acquires
the title of SNILPALL, or legal, which is added to his name, but does not descend to his posterity.
Who, I say again, was the fool that knows not that there are no letters patent of nobility that confer such privileges or exemptions as a knight-errant acquires
the day he is dubbed a knight, and devotes himself to the arduous calling of chivalry?
But I resolved by no means to consent to their publication during my lifetime, lest either the oppositions or the controversies to which they might give rise, or even the reputation, such as it might be, which they would acquire
for me, should be any occasion of my losing the time that I had set apart for my own improvement.
But in the main it must be regarded as the ideal of Socrates, according to Plato's conception of him, appearing in the greatest and most public scene of his life, and in the height of his triumph, when he is weakest, and yet his mastery over mankind is greatest, and his habitual irony acquires
a new meaning and a sort of tragic pathos in the face of death.
The reason of man, like man himself, is timid and cautious when left alone, and acquires
firmness and confidence in proportion to the number with which it is associated.
According to this, bourgeois society ought long ago to have gone to the dogs through sheer idleness; for those of its members who work, acquire
nothing, and those who acquire
anything, do not work.
When I wanted to find out the necessary increase of weight required to sink the Nautilus, I had only to calculate the reduction of volume that sea-water acquires
according to the depth.
You have no idea, my dear fellow, how one acquires
bad habits in these cursed convents, or what evil ways all these men of the church have, with whom I am obliged to live.
The latent feelings of years break out; his feeble mind acquires
a brief energy from their strength; all the miserable strangeness of his life is revealed to him at a glance: and he cries out, passionately, "Wakefield
Suppose the 'Fater' has put by a certain number of gulden which he hands over to his eldest son, in order that the said son may acquire
a trade or a small plot of land.