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  • I cannot doubt that the high laws which each man sees ever implicated in those processes with which he is conversant, the stern ethics which sparkle on his chisel-edge, which are measured out by his plumb and foot-rule, which stand as manifest in the footing of the shop-bill as in the history of a state, ¬ódo recommend to him his trade, and though seldom named, exalt his business to his imagination.

    V. Essays. Compensation. 1841

  • But before the words were fully uttered the sergeant had driven the chisel-edge of the iron bar into the horizontal crevice about on a level with his knees, with the result that the men cheered so loudly that they drowned the angry curse which escaped the Boer's lips.

    The Kopje Garrison A Story of the Boer War

  • I cannot doubt that the high laws which each man sees implicated in those processes with which he is conversant, the stern ethics which sparkle on his chisel-edge, which are measured out by his plumb and foot-rule, which stand as manifest in the footing of the shop-bill as in the history of a state, -- do recommend to him his trade, and though seldom named, exalt his business to his imagination.

    Essays: First Series (1841)

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