Hints on reading: addressed to a young lady [on her choice of books].

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R.B. Seeley, and W. Burnside, 1839 - 175 pages
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Page 126 - I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down ; why should the work cease, while I leave it and come down to you ? ' 4And they sent to me in this way four times, and I gave them the same answer.
Page 43 - I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps : and they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders : and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
Page 158 - Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit: and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not. Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtile; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend.
Page 22 - ... in the shape of fiction, especially for a young female. In women, the imagination is commonly too active, the judgment not sufficiently so ; and there is no occasion to add fuel to flame, and thus increase the difficulty of bringing into subjection that faculty, which, like fire itself, may be said to be a good servant, but a bad master. A species of literature has sprung up within the last thirty years, against which I cannot forbear levelling a cautionary admonition ;—I mean that in which...
Page 84 - Le pauvre en sa cabane , ou le chaume le couvre } Est sujet a ses lois ; Et la garde qui veille aux barrières du Louvre N'en défend pas nos Rois.
Page 35 - Or tu chi se' che vuoi sedere a scranna Per giudicar da lungi mille miglia Con la veduta corta d...
Page 8 - Scripture. The Scriptures are so darkened with expositions, and buried under such a heap of rubbish, that it is a kind of labour even for the Spirit of God to remove it. The minds of the poor, not being sophisticated by the false glosses which obscure the plain sense of Scripture, are in a much better condition for understanding it than the learned.
Page 108 - God ; this deifying our own interpretations and tyrannous enforcing them upon others ; this restraining of the word of God from that latitude and generality, and the understandings of men from that liberty wherein Christ and...
Page 34 - ... slow and gradual process of thought. Human knowledge is confessedly imperfect, and there are many points, more especially in the ways and works of God, in which the confession of ignorance, and the preservation of a humble silence, are true wisdom. I have very often been struck with the beauty and energy of the inquiry in Dante, which may fairly be applied to the subject before us— Or tu chi se...
Page 151 - I am now speaking of such works as really deserve to be studied : the author must be taken into account as well as his book: you must ascertain the period at which he lived, the times in which he wrote, and the prejudices which he might be likely to imbibe from the manners and habits of the age, or from the circumstances of his education. In reading a work carefully...

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