Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Travels, Volume 2

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Lea and Blanchard, 1840
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Page 19 - Is it not monstrous that this player here, But in a fiction, in a dream of passion, Could force his soul so to his own conceit That from her working all his visage wann'd, Tears in his eyes, distraction in 's aspect, A broken voice, and his whole function suiting With forms to his conceit? and all for nothing!
Page 282 - Well is the treasure now laid up; the fair image of the Past! Here sleeps it in the marble, undecaying; in your hearts too it lives, it works. Travel, travel, back into life! Take along with you this holy earnestness; — for earnestness alone makes life eternity.
Page 98 - ... also becoming plain. A giant strength of Character is to be traced here ; mild and kindly and calm, even as strength ever is. In the midst of so much spasmodic Byronism, bellowing till its windpipe is cracked, how very different looks this symptom of strength : ' He appeared to aim at pushing away from him everything that did not hang upon his individual will.
Page 36 - Angels and ministers of grace defend us! Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn'd, Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell, Be thy intents wicked or charitable, Thou comest in such a questionable shape That I will speak to thee: I'll call thee Hamlet, King, father, royal Dane: O, answer me!
Page 79 - I lived among had not the slightest tinge of literature or science : they were German courtiers ; a class of men at that time altogether destitute of culture. Such society, it may be thought, must naturally have led me to the brink of ruin. I lived away in mere corporeal cheerfulness ; I never took myself to task, I never prayed, I never thought about myself or God. Yet I look upon it as a providential guidance, that none of these many handsome, rich and well-dressed men could take my fancy. They...
Page 224 - Then wake so glad, to scenes so kind : In earthly robes no longer drest, This band, this girdle, left behind. And those calm, shining sons of morn, They ask not who is maid or boy: No robes, no garments, there are worn ; Our body pure from sin's alloy. Through little life not much l toiled, Yet anguish long this heart has wrung; Untimely woe my blossom spoiled : Make me again forever young.' " I immediately determined upon leaving her the dress," proceeded Natalia, " and procuring her some others...
Page 6 - A burgher may acquire merit ; by excessive efforts he may even educate his mind ; but his personal qualities are lost, or worse than lost, let him struggle as he will. Since the nobleman, frequenting the society of the most polished, is compelled to give himself a polished manner ; since this manner, neither door nor gate being shut against him, grows at last an unconstrained one ; since, in court or camp, his figure, his person, are a part of his possessions, and, it may be, the most necessary part,...
Page 165 - I put on my men's-clothes, took my gun upon my shoulder, and went forward with our hunters, to await the party on our marches. They came ; Lothario did not know me : a nephew of the lady's introduced me to him as a clever forester; joked about my youth, and carried on his jesting in my praise, till at last Lothario recognised me.
Page 256 - We are not to blame for this perplexity ; perhaps good fortune will deliver us. In the mean time listen : " He in whom there is much to be developed will be later in acquiring true perceptions of himself and of the world. There are few who at once have Thought and the capacity of Action. Thought expands, but lames ; Action animates, but narrows.

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