Novels, Volume 30

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Page 269 - I have long held an opinion, almost amounting to conviction, in common, I believe, with many other lovers of natural knowledge, that the various forms under which the forces of matter are made manifest have one common origin ; or, in other words, are so directly related and mutually dependent, that they are convertible, as it were, into one another, and possess equivalents of power in their action.
Page 226 - ... corollaries which may be drawn from them. Thus, though it would seem at first a paradox, commonplace is more the element of poetry than of prose. And, sensible of this, even Schiller wrote the deepest of modern tragedies, his Fiesco, in prose.
Page 136 - He bowed the he.avens and came down : And darkness was under his feet ! And he rode upon a cherub and did fly ; Yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind...
Page 274 - This phase of society lasted, however, for some ages, and was finally brought to a close, at least among the nobler and more intellectual populations, by the gradual discovery of the latent powers stored in the allpermeating fluid which they denominate Vril. According to the account I received from Zee, who, as an erudite professor in the College of Sages, had studied such matters more diligently than any other member of my host's family, this fluid is capable of being raised and disciplined into...
Page 297 - This argues strongly in favour of the existence in every animal of an immaterial principle similar to that which by its excellence and superior endowments places man so much above animals...
Page 254 - It came within a few yards of me, and at the sight and presence of it an indescribable awe and tremor seized me, rooting my feet to the ground. It reminded me of symbolical images of Genius or Demon that are seen on Etruscan vases or limned on the walls of Eastern sepulchres — images that borrow the outlines of man, and are yet of another race.
Page 109 - The rabbit looked very foolish: he assured the fox that he was no match for the dog ; that he was very fond of his cousin, to be sure; but he saw no necessity to interfere with her domestic affairs;— and, in short, he tried all he possibly could to get out of the scrape: but the fox so artfully played on his...
Page 21 - It is the desire of the moth for the star. It is no mere appreciation of the beauty before us, but a wild effort to reach the beauty above. Inspired by an ecstatic prescience of the glories beyond the grave...
Page 63 - If virtue be not estimable in itself, we can see nothing estimable in following it for the sake of a bargain.' But, in fact, repose is the poorest of all delusions ; the very act of recurring to self brings about us all those ills of self from which, in the turmoil of the world, we Coln escape.
Page 268 - Company, to which my two brothers belonged, had just paid twenty thousand dollars), I wound up by repeating its glowing predictions of the magnificent future that smiled upon mankind, — when the flag of freedom should float over an entire continent, and two hundred millions of intelligent citizens, accustomed from infancy to the daily use of revolvers, should apply to a cowering universe the doctrine of the Patriot Monroe.

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