Letters and Social Aims

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J.R. Osgood, 1875 - 285 pages

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Page 42 - At her feet he bowed he fell, he lay down at her feet he bowed, he fell where he bowed, there he fell down dead...
Page 80 - Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
Page 48 - Fountain heads and pathless groves, Places which pale passion loves ! Moonlight walks, when all the fowls Are warmly housed save bats and owls...
Page 74 - I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that " the sense of being perfectly well dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquillity which religion is powerless to bestow.
Page 42 - Of old hast THOU laid the foundation of the earth : And the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but THOU shalt endure : Yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment ; As a vesture shalt THOU change them, and they shall be changed : But THOU art the same, And thy years shall have no end.
Page 258 - His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.
Page 27 - A Spirit and a Vision are not, as the modern philosophy supposes, a cloudy vapour, or a nothing: they are organized and minutely articulated beyond all that the mortal and perishing nature can produce. He who does not imagine in stronger and better lineaments, and in stronger and better light than his perishing and mortal eye can see, does not imagine at all.
Page 155 - Truth is always present: it only needs to lift the iron lids of the mind's eye to read its oracles. But the moment there is the purpose of display, the fraud is exposed. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others, as it is to invent. Always some steep transition, some sudden alteration of temperature, or of point of view, betrays the foreign interpolation.
Page 152 - In literature, quotation is good only when the writer whom I follow goes my way, and, being better mounted than I, gives me a cast, as we say; but if I like the gay equipage so well as to go out of my road, I had better have gone afoot.
Page 134 - Into his hands, or hang, th' offender : But they maturely having weigh'd, They had no more but him o...

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