Representative Men: Seven Lectures

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1883 - Počet stran: 276

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Strana 199 - What may this mean, That thou, dead corse, again, in complete steel, Revisit'st thus the glimpses of the moon, Making night hideous ; and we fools of nature, So horridly to shake our disposition, With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls?
Strana 14 - I cannot tell what I would know; but I have observed there are persons, who, in their character and actions, answer questions which I have not skill to put.
Strana 202 - ... intellectual of men? What trait of his private mind has he hidden in his dramas? One can discern, in his ample pictures of the gentleman and the king, what forms and humanities pleased him ; his delight in troops of friends, in large hospitality, in cheerful giving. Let Timon, let Warwick, let Antonio the merchant answer for his great heart. So far from Shakspeare's being the least known, he is the one person, in all modern history, known to us. What point of morals, of manners, of economy, of...
Strana 46 - Be it so. Every book is a quotation ; and every house is a quotation out of all forests and mines and stone quarries ; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
Strana 157 - Essays remained to me from my father's library, when a boy. It lay long neglected, until, after many years, when I was newly escaped from college, I read the book, and procured the remaining volumes. I remember the delight and wonder in which I lived with it. It seemed to me as if I had myself written the book, in some former life, so sincerely it spoke to my thought and experience.
Strana 251 - Not a foot steps into the snow or along the ground, but prints, in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march. Every * act of the man inscribes itself in the memories of his fellows and in his own manners and face.
Strana 162 - There have been men with deeper insight ; but, one would say, never a man with such abundance of thoughts : he is never dull, never insincere, and has the genius to make the reader care for all that he cares for.
Strana 229 - The same prudence and good sense mark all his behavior. His instructions to his secretary at the Tuileries are worth remembering. " During the night, enter my chamber as seldom as possible. Do not awake me when you have any good news to communicate ; with that there is no hurry. But when you bring bad news, rouse me instantly, for then there is not a moment to be lost.
Strana 185 - Choose any other thing, out of the line of tendency, out of the national feeling and history, and he would have all to do for himself: his powers would be expended in the first preparations. Great genial power, one would almost say, consists in not being original at all; in being altogether receptive ; in letting the world do all, and suffering the spirit of the hour to pass unobstructed through the mind.
Strana 35 - We need not fear excessive influence. A more generous trust is permitted. Serve the great. Stick at no humiliation. Grudge no office thou canst render. Be the limb of their body, the breath of their mouth. Compromise thy egotism. Who cares for that, so thou gain aught wider and nobler? Never mind the taunt of Boswellism : the devotion may easily be greater than the wretched pride which is guarding its own skirts.

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