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" 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... "
Essays in Criticism - Page 233
by Matthew Arnold - 1865 - 302 pages
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Words: Their Use and Abuse

William Mathews - English language - 1876 - 384 pages
...such an extreme that he tried almost to do without words. " If there is a man on earth," said he, " tormented by the cursed desire to get a whole book...this phrase into one word, — that man is myself." The ambition of many American speakers, and not a few writers, is apparently the reverse of this. We...
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The Dublin University Magazine, Volume 89

1877
...words revenge/ themselves by difficulty. If there is a man tormented by the cursed ambition to put a whole book into a page, a whole page into a phrase, and this phrase into a word, it is I. Certain parts spring up in me naturally, too finished to allow me to dispense with...
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The University Magazine, Volume 1

1878
...miniature-painting of himself: — If ever a man was tormented by the accursed ambition of putting a whole book into a page, a whole page into a phrase, and that phrase into a word, I am that man. It will be said that I speak with .-subtlety. This is sometimes...
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The Dublin University Magazine: A Literary and Political Journal, Volume 91

1878
...miniature-painting of himself :— If ever a man was tormented by the accursed ambition of putting a whole book into a page, a whole page into a phrase, and that phrase into a word, I am that man. It will be said that I speak with subtlety. This is sometimes...
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Science, Volume 18

John Michels (Journalist) - Science - 1903
...of matter and of style. Said Joubert : " If there is a man tormented by the accursed ambition to put a whole book into a page, a whole page into a phrase, and that phrase into a word, it is I." Little wonder that Joubert has succeeded La Rochefoucauld as the...
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Aphorisms: An Address Delivered Before the Edinburgh Philosophical ...

John Morley - Aphorisms and apothegms - 1887 - 55 pages
...suffered from what a famous writer of aphorisms in our time has described as " the cursed ambition to put a whole book into a page, a whole page into a phrase, and the phrase into a word." But the moral thought itself in Tacitus mostly belongs less to the practical...
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Classic French Course in English

William Cleaver Wilkinson - French literature - 1890 - 324 pages
...the literary form of his work : If there exists a man tormented by the accursed ambition of putting a whole book into a page, a whole page into a phrase, and that phrase into a word, that man is myself. Joubert was a natural unchangeable classicist in taste...
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Practical Rhetoric

John Duncan Quackenbos - English language - 1896 - 477 pages
...conquered ! " Brevity is forceful. " If there is a man on earth," said Joubert, " tormented by the desire to get a whole book into a page, a whole page...phrase, and this phrase into one word, — that man is myself."1 In contrast to such desire for concentration of energy is the prevailing American tendency...
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The House and Home: A Practical Book, Volume 1

Child rearing - 1896
...and Emerson might say, even more than Joubert, that if any man ever lived who made it his aim to put a whole book into a page, a whole page into a phrase, and a whole phrase into a word, he is that man. (.S"i7 est un homme tourmente par la maudite ambition dc...
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Pensées of Joubert

Joseph Joubert - 1896 - 135 pages
...that are not clear is very narrow. II. If ever a man was tormented by the accursed ambition of putting a whole book into a page, a whole page into a phrase, and that phrase into a word, I am that man. 12. It will be said that I speak with subtlety. This is sometimes...
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