Sartor Resartus: The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdröckh

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W. Scott, 1888 - 282 páginas
 

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Página 180 - Worldkin. Produce ! Produce ! Were it but ' the pitifullest infinitesimal fraction of a Product, produce it in ' God's name ! 'Tis the utmost thou hast in thee : out with it ' then. Up, up ! Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with ' thy whole might. Work while it is called Today ; for the Night ' cometh, wherein no man can work.
Página 175 - I then said, that the Fraction of Life can be increased in value not so much by increasing your Numerator as by lessening your Denominator. Nay, unless my Algebra deceive me, Unity itself divided by Zero will give Infinity. Make thy claim of wages a zero, then; thou hast the world under thy feet. Well did the Wisest of our time write : ' It is only with Renunciation (Entsageri) that Life, properly speaking, can be said to begin.
Página 175 - Foolish soul ! What Act of Legislature was there that thou shouldst be Happy ? A little while ago thou hadst no right to be at all. What if thou wert born and predestined not to be Happy, but to be Unhappy...
Página 244 - These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this unsubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind.
Página 178 - Most true is it, as a wise man teaches us, that "Doubt of any sort cannot be removed except by Action." 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!
Página 160 - ... at her own expense, has suckled and nursed them; she has, not without difficulty and sorrow, fed them up to manhood, and even trained them to crafts, so that one can weave, another build, another hammer, and the weakest can stand under thirty stone avoirdupois. Nevertheless, amid much weeping and swearing, they are selected; all dressed in red; and shipped away, at the public charges, some two thousand miles, or say only to the south of Spain; and fed there till wanted.
Página 150 - after all the nameless woe that Inquiry, which for me, what it is not always, was genuine Love of Truth, had wrought me, I nevertheless still loved Truth, and would bate no jot of my allegiance to her. 'Truth !' I cried,' though the Heavens crush me for following her: no Falsehood! though a whole celestial Lubberland were the price of Apostasy.
Página 240 - Then sawest thou that this fair Universe, were it in the meanest province thereof, is in very deed the star-domed 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. But Nature, which is the Time-vesture of God, and reveals Him to the wise, hides Him from the foolish.
Página 154 - And yet, strangely enough, I lived in a continual, indefinite, pining fear; tremulous, pusillanimous, apprehensive of I knew not what: it seemed as if all things in the Heavens above and the Earth beneath would hurt me; as if the Heavens and the Earth were but boundless jaws of a devouring monster, wherein I, palpitating, waited to be devoured.
Página 176 - Love not Pleasure; love God. This is the EVERLASTING YEA, wherein all contradiction is solved : wherein whoso walks and works, it is well with him.

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