Essays in Criticism

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Macmillan, 1865 - Criticism - 302 pages
 

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Page 272 - The sun shall be no more thy light by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee; but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
Page 81 - Or is it some more humble lay, Familiar matter of to-day? Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain, That has been, and may be again!
Page 21 - I look around me and ask what is the state of England? Is not property safe? Is not every man able to say what he likes?
Page vii - To try and approach truth on one side after another, not to strive or cry, nor to persist in pressing forward, on any one side, with violence and selfwill, it is only thus, it seems to me, that mortals may hope to gain any vision of the mysterious Goddess, whom we shall never see except in outline, but only thus even in outline.
Page 39 - Arnold tells us that the meaning of culture is "to know the best that has been thought and said in the world." It is the criticism of life contained in literature. That criticism regards " Europe as being, for intellectual and spiritual purposes, one great confederation, bound to a joint action and working -to a common result...
Page 20 - Review, existing as an organ of the Tories, and for as much play of mind as may suit its being that; we have the British Quarterly Review, existC 2 ing as an organ of the political Dissenters, and for as much play of mind as may suit its being that; we have the Times, existing as an organ of the common, satisfied, well-to-do Englishman, and for as much play of mind as may suit its being that.
Page 61 - Il ira, cet ignorant dans l'art de bien dire, avec cette locution rude, avec cette phrase qui sent l'étranger, il ira en cette Grèce polie, la mère des philosophes et des orateurs ; et malgré la résistance du monde, il y établira plus d'églises que Platon n'ya gagné de disciples par cette éloquence qu'on a crue divine.
Page 289 - The idea of a polity in which there is the same law for all, a polity administered with regard to equal rights and equal freedom of speech, and the idea of a kingly government which respects most of all the freedom of the governed.
Page 233 - If there is a man upon earth tormented by the cursed desire to get a whole book into a page, a whole page into a phrase, and this phrase into one word, — that man is myself.' ' I can sow, but I cannot build.' Joubert, however, makes no claim to be a great author; by renouncing all ambition to be this, by not trying to fit his ideas into a house, by making no compromise with words in spite of their difficulty, by being quite singleminded in...
Page 68 - ... that for ever droop and rise over the green banks and mounds sweeping down in scented undulation, steep to the blue water, studded here and there with new-mown heaps, filling all the air with fainter sweetness — look up towards the higher hills, where the waves of everlasting green roll silently into their long inlets among the shadows of the pines; and we may, perhaps, at last know the meaning of those quiet words of the 147th Psalm, "He maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

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