Essays on Freethinking and Plainspeaking

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G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1908 - 410 pages

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Page 69 - From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives for ever ; That dead men rise up never; That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea.
Page 154 - You cannot pump this dry; and as long as it continues in its present bed, so long all the causes which weaken authority by distance will continue. Ye gods, annihilate but space and time, And make two lovers happy!
Page 297 - ... the nearer we search into human nature, the more we shall be convinced, that the moral virtues are the political offspring which flattery begot upon pride.
Page 257 - Whatever is, is right," as Pope expressed the lesson which he perhaps learnt from Shaftesbury, or in the phrase of Pangloss, " Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.
Page 139 - True religion undoubtedly leads us to do to others as we would that they should do to us.
Page 293 - Search, then, the ruling passion :: there, alone, The wild are constant, and the cunning known .; The fool consistent, and the false sincere; Priests, princes, women, no dissemblers here...
Page 26 - Father, took Man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance : so that two whole and perfect Natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God, and very Man ; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for all actual sins of men.
Page 330 - Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant Nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks : Methinks I see her as an Eagle mewing her mighty youth, and kindling her undazzled eyes at the full mid-day beam ; purging and unsealing her longabused sight at the fountain itself of heavenly radiance ; while the whole noise of timorous and flocking birds, with those also that love the twilight, flutter about, amazed at what she means, and in their envious gabble...
Page 260 - To thee this solitude, this place, these rural meditations are sacred; whilst thus inspired with harmony of thought, though unconfined by words, and in loose numbers, I sing of Nature's order in created beings, and celebrate the beauties which resolve in thee, the source and principle of all beauty and perfection.
Page 241 - The taste of beauty, and the relish of what is decent, just and amiable, perfects the character of the gentleman and the philosopher. And the study of such a taste or relish will, as we suppose, be ever the great employment and concern of him who covets as well to be wise and good, as agreeable and polite.

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