Bookmen on Books: A Collection of Choice Extracts

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Hills & Company [1907], 1907 - 142 עמודים

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עמוד 84 - Every reader knows the straight and narrow path as well as he knows a road in which he has gone backward and forward a hundred times. This is the highest miracle of genius, — that things which are not should be as though they were, — that the imaginations of one mind should become the personal recollections of another.
עמוד 122 - He that will write well in any tongue, must follow this counsel of Aristotle : to speak as the common people do, to think as wise men do : as so should every man understand him, and the judgment of wise men allow him.
עמוד 48 - No matter how poor I am ; no matter though the prosperous of my own time will not enter my obscure dwelling. If the sacred writers will enter and take...
עמוד 25 - 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...
עמוד 67 - It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda; " or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language.
עמוד 21 - O blessed Letters, that combine in one All ages past, and make one live with all, By you we do confer with who are gone, And the dead-living unto counsel call; By you th' unborn shall have communion Of what we feel, and what doth us befall.
עמוד 130 - What a place to be in is an old library! It seems as though all the souls of all the writers, that have bequeathed their labours to these Bodleians, were reposing here, as in some dormitory, or middle state. I do not want to handle, to profane the leaves, their winding-sheets. I could as soon dislodge a shade. I seem to inhale learning, walking amid their foliage...
עמוד 23 - Of their sorrows and delights; Of their passions and their spites; Of their glory and their shame; What doth strengthen and what maim. Thus ye teach us, every day, Wisdom, though fled far away. Bards of Passion and of Mirth, Ye have left your souls on earth!
עמוד 45 - SILENT companions of the lonely hour, Friends, who can never alter or forsake, Who for inconstant roving have no power, And all neglect, perforce, must calmly take, — Let me return to YOU ; this turmoil ending Which worldly cares have in my spirit wrought, And, o'er your old familiar pages bending, Refresh my mind with many a tranquil thought...
עמוד 102 - The most influential books, and the truest in their influence, are works of fiction. They do not pin the reader to a dogma, which he must afterwards discover to be inexact; they do not teach him a lesson, which he must afterwards unlearn.

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