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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 Poetical Works of John Milton: With a Memoir and Critical ..., Volume 1

John Milton, James Montgomery - 1861
...how books demean themselves, as well as men ; and thereafter to confine in prison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors ; for books are not...things, but do contain a progeny of life in them, to be aa active as that soul was whose progeny they are. Nay, they do preserve, as in a vial, the purest...
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The English Nation; Or, A History of England in the Lives of ..., Volume 2

George Godfrey Cunningham - 1863
...vigilant eye how books demean themselves, as well as men. For books are not absolutely dead things, but contain a progeny of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are. I know they are as lively and vigorously productive as those fabulous dragon's teeth ; and being sown...
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The Yale Literary Magazine, Volume 17, Issue 7

1852
...not the animate, breathing things we were wont to see in some quiet inlet. " For," exclaims Milton, " books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain...active, as that soul was, whose progeny they are." Does it not wring your heart, dear fellow Bibliophiles, to hear of Chaucer in Websterian spelling ?—of...
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Education and Society in Tudor England

Joan Simon - 1966 - 451 pages
...a growing scale. As Milton later proclaimed books, far from being dead things, ' contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are'.4 It was from the 153o's that Erasmus's works began to circulate in English at a time when those...
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Beyond the Written Word: Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion

William A. Graham, William Albert Graham - 1993 - 306 pages
...it. - attributed to Rabbi Eliezer 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. - John Milton, Areopagitica Preface This is a book about the fundamental orality of scripture; that...
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The Literature of Controversy: Polemical Strategy from Milton to Junius

Thomas N. Corns - 1987 - 176 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 potencie of life in them to be as active as that soule was whose progeny they are; nay...
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Religion and Literature in Western England, 600-800

Patrick Sims-Williams - 2005 - 468 pages
...idea expressed by Milton in Areopagitica, as things 'not absolutely dead' that 'do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are, nay ... do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred...
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The Ennobling of Democracy: The Challenge of the Postmodern Age

Thomas L. Pangle - 1993 - 227 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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Burying Uncertainty: Risk and the Case Against Geological Disposal of ...

K. S. Shrader-Frechette - 1993 - 368 pages
...hundred years ago, John Milton wrote that "books are not absolutely dead things," but "contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are." I hope that this book has such potency, the potential to help change things. I hope that it helps us...
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The Culture of Violence: Essays on Tragedy and History

Francis Barker - 1993 - 258 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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