Essays in Criticism

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Ticknor and Fields, 1865 - 506 pages

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Page 297 - The life which others pay, let us bestow, And give to fame, what we to nature owe " — is excellent, and is just suited to Pope's heroic couplet; but neither the antithesis itself, nor the couplet which conveys it, is suited to the feeling or to the movement of the Homeric
Page 128 - .not an indifferent matter; it is a real weakness. This ought ye to have done, and not to have left the other undone. I have said that the present tendency of Catholicism — the Catholicism of the main
Page xviii - Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty obliges us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial"—BURKE.
Page 58 - I confess, I never liked this continual talk of resistance and revolution, or the practice of making the extreme medicine of the constitution its daily bread. It renders the habit of society dangerously valetudinary; it is taking periodical doses of mercury sublimate, and
Page 333 - ranks only third in European effect and importance among the literatures of Europe; it ranks after the literatures of France and Germany. Of these two literatures, as of the intellect of Europe in general, the main effort, for now many years, has been a critical effort; the endeavor, in all branches of knowledge,— theology, philosophy, history, art, science, — to see the object
Page 17 - Its business is to do this with inflexible honesty, with due ability; but its business is to do no more, and to leave alone all questions of practical consequences and applications, questions which will never fail to have due prominence given to them. Else criticism, besides being really false
Page 280 - gives a turn which makes it true and useful, when he says: "The ruling part of man can make a material for itself out of that which opposes it, as fire lays hold of what falls into it, and rises higher by means of this very material" ; —when he says:
Page 274 - Constantly, then, give to thyself this retreat, and renew thyself; and let thy principles be brief and fundamental, which, as soon as thou shall recur to them, will be sufficient to cleanse the soul completely, and to send thee back free from all discontent with the things to which thou returnest.
Page 402 - or taking-off of accent. Hexameters like these of Mr. Longfellow, " In that delightful land which is washed by the Delaware's waters," and, -As if they fain would appease the Dryads, whose haunts they molested,
Page 13 - heavy atmosphere which its own nature is apt to engender round it, and make its resistance rational instead of mechanical. But Burke is so great because, almost alone in England, he brings thought to bear upon politics, he saturates politics with thought; it is his accident that his ideas

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