Letters on Self-education: With Hints on Style, and Dialogues on Political Economy

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James Hogg and Sons, 1861 - Conversation - 577 pages
 

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Page 385 - ... shall, like the proud Keep of Windsor, rising in the majesty of proportion, and girt with the double belt of its kindred and coeval towers, as long as this awful structure shall oversee and guard the subjected land - so long the mounds and dykes of the low, fat, Bedford level will have nothing to fear from all the pickaxes of all the levellers of France.
Page 385 - State, shall, like the proud Keep of Windsor, rising in the majesty of proportion, and girt with the double belt of its kindred and coeval towers...
Page 368 - ... and multiply their knots and joints, interrupting the fineness and smoothness of its body. So are the steps and declensions of him that does not grow in grace : at first, when he springs up from his impurity by the waters of baptism and repentance, he grows straight and strong, and suffers but few interruptions of piety, and...
Page 279 - A wounded snake' or an Alexandrine verse would have been as useful. But he, feeling himself wanted, laid his length down like a railroad, exactly where he could be useful — with his positive pole towards Pericles, and his negative pole towards Alexander. Even Gibbon — even the frosty Gibbon — condescends to be pleased with this seasonable application of his two termini: —
Page 368 - ... joints, interrupting the fineness and smoothness of its body; so are the steps and declensions of him that does not grow in grace. At first, when he springs up from his impurity by the waters of baptism and repentance, he grows straight and strong, and suffers but few interruptions of piety ; and his constant courses of religion are but rarely intermitted, till they ascend up to a full age, or towards the ends of their life ; then they are weak, and their devotions often intermitted, and their...
Page 103 - Thus, for instance, long before Mr. Wordsworth had unveiled the great philosophic distinction between the powers of fancy and imagination, the two words had begun to diverge from each other; the first being used to express a faculty somewhat capricious* and exempted from law, the latter to express a faculty more self-determined.
Page 206 - It makes us blush to add, that even grammar .is so little of a perfect attainment amongst us, that with two or three exceptions, (one being Shakspeare, whom some affect to consider as belonging to a semi-barbarous age,) we have never seen the writer, through a circuit of prodigious reading, who has not sometimes violated the accidence or the syntax of English grammar.
Page 21 - Ipyov (or business), and literature as a irapepyov (an accessary, or mere by-business), how far is literature itself likely to benefit by such an arrangement ? Mr. Coleridge insists upon it that it will ; and at page 225 he alleges seven names, to which at page 233 he adds an eighth, of celebrated men who have " shown the possibility of combining weighty performances in literature with full and independent employment.
Page 276 - Now, reader, it is under this image of the dumb-bell we couch an allegory. Those globes at each end are the two systems or separate clusters of Greek Literature; and that cylinder which connects them is the long man that ran into each system, binding the two together. Who was that? It was Isocrates. Great we cannot call him in conscience; and, therefore, by way of compromise, we call him long, — which, in one sense, he certainly was ; for he lived through four-and-twenty Olympiads, each containing...
Page 68 - ... and hardly within the dawn of consciousness — as myriads of modes of feeling are at this moment in every human mind for want of a poet to organize them? I say, when these inert and sleeping forms are organized, when these possibilities are actualized, is this conscious and living possession of mine power, or what is it?

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