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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 ; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. "
The Ceylon magazine - Page 2
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The fourth estate. 1

Frederick Knight Hunt - British newspapers - 1998 - 600 pages
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Is There a Meaning in This Text?: The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of ...

Kevin J. Vanhoozer - Religion - 2009 - 512 pages
...actions, is the Author. Thomas Hobbes5 Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are. . . . As good kill a man as kill a good book: who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image;...
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The English Renaissance: An Anthology of Sources and Documents

Kate Aughterson - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 624 pages
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A Reader's Guide to John Milton

Marjorie Hope Nicolson - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 385 pages
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Electric Language: A Philosophical Study of Word Processing

Michael Heim - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1999 - 309 pages
...your Tears wash out a Word of it. —The Riibaiyat of Omar Khnyyam. trans. Edward FitzGerald Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a progeny of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay. they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of...
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Romantic Poets and the Culture of Posterity

Andrew Bennett - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 268 pages
...a belated transformation of Milton's argument in Areopagitica, that 'books . . . contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are', that they 'preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred...
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Daniel Deronda

George Eliot - 1909
...though dead was yet to speak with him in those written memorials which, says Milton, " contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are," he seemed to himself to be touching the electric chain of his own ancestry ; and he bore the scrutinizing...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Oxford University Press, TME. - Reference - 1999 - 1136 pages
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Pamphlets of Protest: An Anthology of Early African-American Protest ...

Richard Newman, Patrick Rael, Phillip Lapsansky, Routledge - History - 2001 - 326 pages
...books," to use the lofty periods of Milton, "are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them, to be as active as that soul whose...— nay, they do preserve, as in a vial, the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them! I know they are as lively, and as...
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