Visits and Sketches, at Home and Abroad

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Saunders & Otley, 1839 - Germany

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Page 66 - And yet on the other hand, unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book: who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself, kills the image of God as it were in the eye. Many a man lives a burden to the earth; but a good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
Page 274 - tis fittest. Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares your majesty? Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o' the grave : — Thou art a soul in bliss ; but I am bound Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears Do scald like molten lead.
Page 66 - It is true, no age can restore a life, whereof, perhaps, there is no great loss; and revolutions of ages do not oft recover the loss of a rejected truth, for the want of which whole nations fare the worse.
Page 142 - knew all qualities, with a learned spirit in human dealings," that he was not only the quick discerner and most cordial hater of all affectation ; — but even the unconscious affectation — the nature de convention, — the taught, the artificial, the acquired in manner or character, though it were meritorious in itself, he always detected, and it appeared to impress him disagreeably. Stay, I will read you the passage — here it is. " Even virtue, laboriously and painfully acquired, was distasteful...
Page 163 - Those far-renowned brides of ancient song Peopled the hollow dark, like burning stars, And I heard sounds of insult, shame, and wrong, And trumpets blown for wars...
Page 256 - And Sorrow, with her family of Sighs ; And Pleasure, blind with tears, led by the gleam Of her own dying smile instead of eyes, — Came in slow pomp ; — the moving pomp might seem Like pageantry of mist on an autumnal stream.
Page 203 - there was one thing I had resolved to do which yet remained undone. I was resolved to see the woman who had been the original cause of all my poor brother's misfortunes. I thought if once I could say to her, ' Your falsehood has done this ! ' I should be satisfied ; but my brother's friends dissuaded me from this idea.
Page 50 - The march of opinion, and criticism, and knowledge of every kind, has been so rapid, that much has become old which then was new ; but this does not detract from its merit.
Page 191 - Her suit being rejected by all the ministers, (for even those who were most gentle, and who allowed the hardship of the case, still refused to interfere, or deliver her petition,) she resolved to do, what she had been dissuaded from attempting in the first instance — to appeal to the emperor in person : but it was in vain she lavished hundreds of dollars in bribes to the inferior officers; in vain she...
Page 184 - Erlangen, in Bavaria, whence he returned to his family, with the highest testimonies of his talents and good conduct. His father now destined him for the clerical profession, with which his own wishes accorded. His sister fondly dwelt upon his praises, and described him, perhaps with all a sister's partiality, as being not only the pride of his family, but of all his fellow-citizens, " tall, and handsome, and good," of a most benevolent enthusiastic temper, and devoted to his studies.

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