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עמוד 11 - I myself have never persisted in any plan for two days together. A man ought to read just as inclination leads him ; for what he reads as a task will do him little good. A young man should read five hours in a day, and so may acquire a great deal of knowledge.
עמוד 11 - Idleness is a disease which must be combated ; but I would not advise a rigid adherence to a particular plan of study.
עמוד 18 - Well, I call this an excellent good book, by far the best of the autobiographic kind I remember to have read in the English language ; and indeed, except it be Boswell's of Johnson, I do not know where we have such a picture drawn of a human life as in these three volumes.
עמוד 21 - Hunt, as pure-minded a man as ever lived, and a critic whose subtlety of discrimination and whose soundness of judgment, supported as it was on a broad base of truly liberal scholarship, have hardly yet won fitting appreciation.
עמוד 11 - Keep your view of men and things extensive, and depend upon it that a mixed knowledge is not a superficial one ; — as far as it goes, the views that it gives are true, — but he, who reads deeply in one class of writers only, gets views which are almost sure to be perverted, and which are not only narrow but false.
עמוד 6 - ... hear of people who will descend to any servility, submit to any insult, for the sake of getting themselves or their children into what is euphemistically called good society. Did it ever occur to them that there is a select society of all the centuries to which they and theirs can be admitted for the asking, a society, too, which will not involve them in ruinous expense and still more ruinous waste of time and health and faculties...
עמוד 26 - GEORGE COMBE. The Constitution of Man; Considered in Relation to External Objects. By George Combe.
עמוד 36 - Lewd, and bold, and bare, living for lust and lusting for this life and its good things, and naught beyond, the heroines of realism dance, with Bacchanalian revellings, across the astonished stage of literature. Whatever there is brutal in humanity— and God knows that there is plenty — whatever there is that is carnal and filthy, is here brought into prominence and thrust before the reader's eyes.
עמוד 9 - I may become a cultivated man though excluded from what is called the best society in the place where I live. To make this means of culture effectual, a man must select good books, such as have been written by rightminded and strong-minded men, real thinkers, who instead of diluting by repetition what others say, have something to say for themselves, and write to give relief to full, earnest souls ; and these works must not be skimmed over for amusement, but read with fixed attention and a reverential...