The Skeptics of the Italian Renaissance

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S. Sonnenschein & Company, 1898 - 419 pages
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Page 264 - And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?
Page 126 - I can give not what men call love, But wilt thou accept not The worship the heart lifts above And the Heavens reject not, The desire of the moth for the star, Of the night for the morrow, The devotion to something afar From the sphere of our sorrow...
Page 101 - Matto è chi spera che nostra ragione possa trascorrer la infinita via che tiene una sustanza in tre persone. State contenti, umana gente, al quia; che, se potuto aveste veder tutto, mestier non era parturir Maria; e disiar vedeste sanza frutto tai che sarebbe lor disio quetato, ch'etternalmente è dato lor per lutto: io dico d'Aristotile e di Piato e di molt' altri"; e qui chinò la fronte, e più non disse, e rimase turbato.
Page 264 - And from that hour did I with earnest thought Heap knowledge from forbidden mines of lore, Yet nothing that my tyrants knew or taught I cared to learn, but from that secret store Wrought linked armour for my soul, before It might walk forth to war among mankind...
Page 135 - How much do I admire Boccaccio ! What descriptions of nature are those in his little introductions to every new day ! It is the morning/ of life stripped of that mist of familiarity which makes it obscure to us.
Page 305 - Yea, the darkness is no darkness with Thee, but the night is as clear as the day : the darkness and light to Thee are both alike.
Page 135 - ... in his little introductions to every new day ! It is the morning of life stripped of that mist of familiarity which makes it obscure to us. Boccaccio seems to me to have possessed a deep sense of the fair ideal of human life, considered in its social relations. His more serious theories of love agree especially with mine. He often expresses things lightly too, which have serious meanings of a very beautiful kind. He is a moral casuist, the opposite of the Christian, stoical, ready-made, and worldly...
Page 349 - thus the word,' And ' thus I saw,' and ' that I heard,'— But from the lips that half essayed The imperfect utterance fell unmade. 0 thou, in that mysterious shrine Enthroned, as I must say, divine ! 1 will not frame one thought of what Thou mayest either be or not. I will not prate of ' thus ' and
Page xiii - Believe it, my good friend, to love truth for truth's sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues ; and, if I mistake not, you have as much of it as ever I met with in any body.
Page 258 - They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

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