Aspects of Authorship: Or, Book Marks and Book Makers

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Hodder & Stoughton, 1872 - 494 pages

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Page 249 - I sometimes hold it half a sin To put in words the grief I feel; For words, like Nature, half reveal And half conceal the Soul within. But, for the unquiet heart and brain, A use in measured language lies; The sad mechanic exercise, Like dull narcotics, numbing pain.
Page 154 - But peace to his spirit, wherever it flies, To act as an angel and mix with the skies...
Page 480 - And you, my midnight darlings, my Folios ! must I part with the intense delight of having you (huge armfuls) in my embraces ? Must knowledge come to me, if it come at all, by some awkward experiment of intuition, and no longer by this familiar process of reading ? Shall I enjoy friendships there wanting the smiling indications which point me to them here, — the recognisable face the "sweet assurance of a look?
Page 393 - or " Vicar of Wakefield ! " How they speak of the thousand thumbs that have turned over their pages with delight ! of the lone...
Page 73 - Knowledge dwells In heads replete with thoughts of other men, Wisdom in minds attentive to their own.
Page 2 - He •walked much, and contemplated ; and he had in the head of his cane a pen and inkhorn, and carried always a note-book in his pocket ; and as soon as a thought darted, he presently entered it into his book, or otherwise might have lost it. He had drawn the design of the book into chapters, &c., and he knew whereabouts it would come in. Thus that book was made.
Page 423 - Language most shewes a man: speake that I may see thee. It springs out of the most retired, and inmost parts of us, and is the Image of the Parent of it, the mind. No glasse renders a mans forme, or likenesse, so true as his speech.
Page 100 - ... collection, be shy of showing it; or if thy heart overfloweth to lend them, lend thy books; but let it be to such a one as STC — he will return them (generally anticipating the time appointed) with usury; enriched with annotations, tripling their value. I have had experience. Many are these precious MSS. of his — (in matter oftentimes, and almost in quantity not unfrequently, vying with the originals...
Page 71 - Wise men have said, are wearisome ; who reads Incessantly, and to his reading brings not A spirit and judgment equal or superior, (And what he brings, what needs he elsewhere seek ?) Uncertain and unsettled still remains, Deep versed in books, and shallow in himself, Crude or intoxicate, collecting toys And trifles for choice matters, worth a sponge; As children gathering pebbles on the shore.
Page 483 - Thus, loved associates, chiefs of elder art, Teachers of wisdom, who could once beguile My tedious hours, and lighten every toil, I now resign you; nor with fainting heart; For pass a few short years, or days, or hours, And happier seasons may their dawn unfold, And all your sacred fellowship restore: When, freed from earth, unlimited its powers, Mind shall with mind direct communion hold, And kindred spirits meet to part no more.

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