The World's Laconics: Or the Best Thoughts of the Best Authors, in Prose and Poetry (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, 2018 M01 29 - 436 pages
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There are various ways in which men's thoughts are made to survive them; but that which is perhaps more certain and permanent than any other, is through the medium of books. And it is a wise provision of Providence, that it is only thoughts that are really worth preserving, that even the press has the power to embalm - the rest, however they may sport their little hour, are quickly numbered with the things that have been. The man who makes a book that has in it a principle of true intellectual vitality, - a book that contains glorious thoughts that can not die, and that may become the elements of mighty power in the minds of other men, is indeed one of the most favored of his race; for he has, in the best sense, at once an earthly ubiquity and an earthly immortality.

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