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" For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are... "
The orator, a treasury of English eloquence - Page 24
by Orator - 1864
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The Theatrical City: Culture, Theatre and Politics in London, 1576-1649

David L. Smith, Richard Strier, David Bevington - 2003 - 308 pages
...tyrant for its uncompensated appropriation of other men's words. In so far as books 'contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are' (Areopagitica, CP, 2, 492), the misappropriation of another's words is, as Milton says in reference...
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Polite Wisdom: Heathen Rhetoric in Milton's Areopagitica

Paul M. Dowling - 1995 - 113 pages
...not absolutely dead things") and with a traditional Christian term (soul): books "contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are." Previewing difficulties to come, however, the next clause breaks with this tradition in equating "soul"...
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Carnal Rhetoric: Milton’s Iconoclasm and the Poetics of Desire

Lana Cable - 1995 - 231 pages
...how Bookes demeane themselves, as well as men; and thereafter to confine, imprison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors: For Books are not absolutely dead things, but doe contain a potensie of life in them to be as active as that soule was whose progeny they are ; nay...
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The Best Test Preparation for the Advanced Placement Examination English ...

Linda Bannister, Ellen Davis Conner, Robert Liftig, Luann Reed-Siegel - 1994 - 272 pages
...themselves, as well as men; and thereafter to confine, imprison and do sharpest justice on them as i5 malefactors: for books are not absolutely dead things but do contain a potency of life in them to be active as that soul whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as...
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Language Machines: Technologies of Literary and Cultural Production

Jeffrey Masten, Peter Stallybrass, Nancy J. Vickers - 1997 - 275 pages
...how Bookes demeane themtelves as well as men; and thereafter to confine, imprison, and do tharpest justice on them as malefactors: For Books are not absolutely dead things, but due contain a potencle of life in them to be as active as that soule was whote progeny they are; nay...
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - 1998 - 669 pages
...doth in music lie. 7457 Areopagitica Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency 7 Ү 7 S {U : > O Ձ^yi > s| z F _@ Az C + 5 ʿ WЫ 7458 Areopagitica As good almost kill a man as kill a good book: who kills a man kills a reasonable...
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A Short History of Europe, 1600-1815: Search for a Reasonable World

Lisa Rosner, Professor Lisa Rosner, John Theibault - 2000 - 450 pages
...themselves, as well as men. . . . For Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are — And yet on the other hand unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book;...
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Guilty Creatures : Renaissance Poetry and the Ethics of Authorship ...

Dennis Kezar Assistant Professor of English Vanderbilt University - 2001 - 280 pages
...eye how books demean themselves, as well as men; and thereafter to confine, imprison and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors; for books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve...
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Philosophical and Theological Opinions

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 2001
...eye how books demean themselves as well as men ; and thereafter to confine, imprison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors. For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as* that soul was whose progeny they are ; nay, they do preserve...
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Libricide: The Regime-sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the ...

Rebecca Knuth, John English - 2003 - 277 pages
...witness to the fires and quoted Milton: "Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are. . . ." This poignant description of the burning of the National Library in Sarajevo is by a former...
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