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 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 22 - 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 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 21 - I ask you whether the world over, or in past history, there is anything like it? Nothing. I pray that our unrivalled happiness may last.
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 xx - He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty obliges us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.
Page 289 - And, when that ruler is a Roman emperor, what an " idea " is this to be written down and meditated by him: — " 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 - I cannot build a house for my ideas," said he; "I have tried to do without words, and words take their revenge on me by their difficulty." "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 5 phrase into one word, — that man is myself.
Page 142 - If Thou, LORD, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss : O LORD, who may abide it?

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