‘There are people who hate anything in the shape of exact conclusions; and these are of them. According to such, the right is never in either extreme, but always half-way between the extremes. They are continually tying to reconcile. Yes and No. Ifs and buts, and excepts, are their delight. They have so great a faith in “the judicious mean” that they would scarcely believe an oracle, if it uttered a full-length principle. Were you to inquire of them whether the earth turns on its from East to West, or from West to East, you might almost expect the reply —”A little of both,” or “Not exactly either.” It is doubtful whether they would assent to the axiom that the whole is greater than the part, without making some qualification.’ SPENCER