The Development of British Thought from 1820 to 1890: With Special Reference to German Influences

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Dent, 1919 - 194 páginas
 

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Página 50 - It was the union of deep feeling with profound thought ; the fine balance of truth in observing, with the imaginative faculty in modifying the objects observed ; and above all the original gift of spreading the tone, the atmosphere, and with it the depth and height of the ideal world around forms, incidents, and situations, of which, for the common view, custom had bedimmed all the lustre, had dried up the sparkle and the dew drops.
Página 50 - Just when we are safest, there's a sunset-touch, A fancy from a flower-bell, some one's death, A chorus-ending from Euripides, — And that 's enough for fifty hopes and fears As old and new at once as nature's self, To rap and knock and enter in our soul...
Página 76 - On which ground, too, let him who gropes painfully in darkness or uncertain light, and prays vehemently that the dawn may ripen into day, lay this other precept well to heart, which to me was of invaluable service: 'Do the Duty -which lies nearest thee,' which thou knowest to be a Duty ! Thy second Duty will already have become clearer.
Página 79 - There is a soul at the centre of nature, and over the will of' every man, so that none of us can wrong the universe. It has so infused its strong enchantment into nature, that we prosper when we accept its advice, and when we struggle to wound its creatures, our hands are glued to our sides, or they beat our own breasts.
Página 179 - That the glory of this world in the end is appearance leaves the world more glorious, if we feel it is a show of some fuller splendour; but the sensuous curtain is a deception and a cheat, if it hides some colourless movement of atoms, some spectral woof of impalpable abstractions, or unearthly ballet of bloodless categories.
Página 120 - The following proposition seems to me in a high degree probable — namely, that any animal whatever, endowed with well-marked social instincts, would inevitably acquire a moral sense or conscience as soon as its intellectual powers had become as well developed, or nearly as well developed as in man.
Página 70 - Then sawest thou that this fair universe, were it in the meanest province thereof, is in very deed the Stardomed City of God ; that through every star, through every grass-blade, and most through every living soul, the glory of a present God still beams.
Página 32 - It is for them alone to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do.
Página 119 - These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance, which is almost implied by reproduction ; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the conditions of life, and from use and disuse...
Página 72 - The curtains of Yesterday drop down, the curtains of To-morrow roll up; but Yesterday and To-morrow both are. Pierce through the Time-element, glance into the Eternal. Believe what thou findest written in the sanctuaries of Man's Soul, even as all Thinkers, in all ages, have devoutly read it there: that Time and Space are not God, but creations of God; that with God as it is a universal HERE, so is it an everlasting Now.

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