Society and Solitude: Twelve Chapters

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Fields, Osgood & Company, 1870 - 300 pages

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Page 221 - AH Ben ! Say how or when Shall we, thy guests, Meet at those lyrick feasts, Made at the Sun, The Dog, the Triple Tunne ; Where we such clusters had, As made us nobly wild, not mad ? And yet each verse of thine Out-did the meate, out-did the frolick wine.
Page 26 - Still roll ; where all the aspects of misery Predominate; whose strong effects are such As he must bear, being powerless to redress; And that unless above himself he can Erect himself, how poor a thing is man...
Page 176 - The mathematics and the metaphysics, Fall to them as you find your stomach serves you ; No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en : In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
Page 267 - What though the radiance which was once so bright Be now forever taken from my sight, Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower...
Page 158 - The use of history is to give value to the present hour and its duty. That is good which commends to me my country, my climate, my means and materials, my associates. I knew a man in a certain religious exaltation, who " thought it an honour to wash his own face.
Page 250 - Came on with dreadful pace? The hunter stood unarmed, And met him face to face. I say unarmed he stood. Against those frightful paws The rifle butt, or club of wood, Could stand no more than straws.
Page 175 - T is therefore an economy of time to read old and famed books. Nothing can be preserved which is not good; and I know beforehand that Pindar, Martial, Terence, Galen, Kepler, Galileo, Bacon, Erasmus, More, will be superior to the average intellect.
Page 56 - Plato says that the punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is, to live under the government of worse men...
Page 173 - Spaniards ; so, perhaps, the human mind would be a gainer, if all the secondary writers were lost, — say, in England, all but Shakespeare, Milton, and Bacon, through the profounder study so drawn to those wonderful minds.
Page 109 - ... yet such an excessive humility, as if he had known nothing, that they frequently resorted and dwelt with him, as in a college situated in a purer air ; so that his house was a university in a less volume ; whither they came not so much for repose as study ; and to examine and refine those grosser propositions, which laziness and consent made current in vulgar conversation.

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