Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, 2

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James Munroe, 1838

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˹ 124 - Flowers,' or a baser kind of dust, we shall not predict. We give them in a miscellaneous shape ; overlooking those classifications which, even in the text, are not and could not be very rigidly adhered to. ' Philosophy can bake no bread ; but she can procure for us God, Freedom, Immortality.
˹ 260 - by proofs of Scripture, or else by plain just arguments: I cannot recant otherwise. For it is neither safe nor prudent to do aught against conscience. Here stand I ; I can do no other: God assist me!
˹ 5 - When Tamerlane had finished building his pyramid of seventy thousand human skulls, and was seen 'standing at the gate of Damascus, glittering in steel, with his battle-axe on his shoulder...
˹ 147 - What changes, too, this addition of power is introducing into the social system ; how wealth has more and more increased, and at the same time gathered itself more and .more into masses, strangely altering the old relations, and increasing the distance between the rich and the poor...
˹ 227 - The treasures of his mind are of a similar description with the mind itself; his knowledge is gathered from all the kingdoms of Art, and Science, and Nature, and lies round him in huge unwieldy heaps. His very language is Titanian ; deep, strong, tumultuous ; shining with a thousand hues, fused from a thousand elements, and winding in labyrinthic mazes.
˹ 259 - The following, for example, jars upon our ears: yet there is something in it like the sound of Alpine avalanches, or the first murmur of earthquakes; in the very vastness of which dissonance a higher unison is revealed to us. Luther wrote this Song in a time of blackest threatenings, which however could in nowise become a time of despair.
˹ 153 - Leuwenhoek microscopes, and inflation with the anatomical blowpipe. Thought, he is inclined to hold, is still secreted by the brain; but then Poetry and Religion (and it is really worth knowing) are 'a product of the smaller intestines'!
˹ 143 - Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
˹ 150 - These things, which we state lightly enough here, are yet of deep import, and indicate a mighty change in our whole manner of existence. For the same habit regulates not our modes of action alone, but our modes of thought and feeling. Men are grown mechanical in head and in heart, as well as in hand.
˹ 417 - We may say, that to few mortals has it been granted to earn such a place in Universal History as Tyll: for now after five centuries, when Wallace's birthplace is unknown even to the Scots; and the Admirable Crichton still more rapidly is grown a shadow; and Edward Longshanks sleeps unregarded save by a few antiquarian...

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