Louis Fourteenth, and the Writers of His Age: Being a Course of Lectures Delivered (in French) to a Select Audience in New York

J. P. Jewett, 1855 - 413 sider

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Side 255 - But he is always great when some great occasion is presented to him; no man can say he ever had a fit subject for his wit, and did not then raise himself as high above the rest of poets *Quantum lenta solent inter viburna cupressi.
Side 255 - But by pursuing closely one argument, which is not cloyed with many turns, the French have gained more liberty for verse, in which they write ; they have leisure to dwell on a subject which deserves it ; and to represent the passions (which we have acknowledged to be the poet's work), without being hurried from one thing to another...
Side 253 - Romantic poetry, on the other hand, is the expression of the secret attraction to a chaos which lies concealed in the very bosom of the ordered...
Side 253 - ... its fragmentary appearance, approaches more to the secret of the universe. For Conception can only comprise each object separately, but nothing in truth can ever exist separately and by itself; Feeling perceives all in all at one and the same time.
Side 148 - Yes, if the life and death of Socrates are those of a sage, the life and death of Jesus are those of a God.
Side 59 - the great commandment on which hang all the law and the prophets'; they strike at the very heart of piety; they rob it of the spirit that giveth life; they hold that to love God is not necessary to salvation; and go so far as to maintain that 'this dispensation from loving God is the privilege which Jesus Christ has introduced into the world!
Side 396 - Can anything be more ridiculous than that a man should have the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of the water, and because his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have none with him?
Side 253 - ... to Orpheus, the first softener of the yet untamed race of mortals : in like manner the whole of the ancient poetry and art is as it were a rhythmical nomos (law), an harmonious promulgation of the permanently established legislation of a world submitted to a beautiful order, and reflecting in itself the eternal images of things.
Side 176 - ... shall be ever full. The truth, from which they fled, has overtaken them, an invincible and unrelenting enemy. The ray which once might have illuminated them, like the mild radiance of the day, now pierces them like lightning, — a fierce and fatal fire, that, without injury to the external parts, infixes a burning torment at the heart. By truth, now an avenging flame, the very soul is melted like metal in a furnace; it dissolves all, but destrcys nothing; it disunites the first elements of life,...
Side 177 - replied Minos, " thou art accused of none; but didst thou not owe less to man than to the gods ? If so, what are thy pretensions to justice ? Thou hast punctually fulfilled thy duty to men, who are but dust : thou hast been virtuous ; but thy virtue terminated wholly in thyself, without reference to the gods who gave it : thy virtue was to be thy own felicity ; and, to thyself, thou wast all in all. Thou hast, indeed, been thy own deity. But the gods, by whom all things have been created, and who...

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