The Victorian Age of English Literature, Том 2

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Thomas Y. Crowell, 1892 - Всего страниц: 647

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Стр. 281 - One can hear them being quoted at a Social Science Congress; one can call up the whole scene. A great room in one of our dismal provincial towns; dusty air and jaded afternoon daylight; benches full of men with bald heads and women in spectacles; an orator lifting up his face from a manuscript written within and without to declaim these lines of Wordsworth; and in the soul of any poor child of nature who may have wandered in thither, an unutterable sense of lamentation, and mourning, and woe! "But...
Стр. 98 - Along with whatever any Intelligence knows it must, as the ground or condition of its knowledge, have some cognisance of itself.
Стр. 67 - On my return home, it occurred to me — in 1837 — that something might perhaps be made out on this question by patiently accumulating and reflecting on all sorts of facts which could possibly have any bearing on it. After five years' work I allowed myself to speculate on the subject, and drew up some short notes.
Стр. 90 - But reason itself must rest at last upon " authority ; for the original data of reason do not rest on " reason, but are necessarily accepted by reason on the " authority of what is beyond itself.
Стр. 67 - These facts, as will be seen in the latter chapters of this volume, seemed to throw some light on the origin of species — that mystery of mysteries, as it has been called by one of our greatest philosophers.
Стр. 279 - All this is brilliantly and tellingly said, but we must plead for a distinction. Everything depends on the reality of a poet's classic character. If he is a dubious classic, let us sift him; if he is a false classic, let us explode him. But if he is a real classic, if his work belongs to the class of the very best (for this is the true and right meaning of the word classic...
Стр. 90 - Reason itself must rest at last upon authority ; for the original data of reason do not rest on reason, but are necessarily accepted by reason on the authority of what is beyond itself. These data are therefore in rigid propriety, beliefs or trusts. Thus it is that in the last resort we must, perforce, philosophically admit that belief is the primary condition of reason, and not reason the ultimate ground of belief. We are compelled to surrender the proud Intellige ut credas of Abelard, to content...
Стр. 101 - The central conception is that the universe is a single eternal activity or energy, of which it is the essence to be self-conscious, that is, to be itself and not itself in one. Of this activity, ' self-distinguishing and self-seeking,' every particular existence is a limited manifestation, and, among other such existences, those which we call
Стр. 97 - —I don't exactly remember the words. When told that Baldy fell out, he said, ' Did Baldy fall out? Poor Baldy!
Стр. 279 - ... and to appreciate the wide difference between it and all work which has not the same high character. This is what is salutary, this is what is formative ; this is the great benefit to be got from the study of poetry. Everything which interferes with it, which hinders it, is injurious. True, we must read our classic with open eyes, and not with eyes blinded with superstition ; we must perceive when his work comes short, when it drops out of the class of the very best, and we must rate U, in such...

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