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Page 158 - Did the Almighty," says Lessing, " holding in his right hand Truth, and in his left Search after Truth, deign to tender me the one I might prefer, — in all humility, but without hesitation, I should request Search after Truth.
Page 163 - By analyzing too minutely we often reduce our subject to atoms, of which the mind loses its hold. Nor am I a friend to a scrupulous purism of style. I readily sacrifice the niceties of syntax to euphony and strength. It is by boldly neglecting the rigorisms of grammar, that Tacitus has made himself the strongest writer in the world.
Page 160 - Go and dare, before you die; Something mighty and sublime Leave behind to conquer time! Glorious 'tis to live for aye, When these forms have passed away.
Page 247 - ... arises very much from their selection and pursuit of a right course of study. Many fine minds, capable of enlarged and durable improvement and usefulness, are lost every year to the community, in which their lot is cast, to the country they are bound to serve, to the cause of religion, humanity, justice and literature : because they have failed in this great duty, they have neglected the course of study, appropriate to manhood. And here let it be remarked, that the true student never considers...
Page 127 - New occasions teach new duties : Time makes ancient good uncouth ; They must upward still, and onward, who would keep abreast of Truth ; Lo, before us gleam her camp-fires ! we ourselves must Pilgrims be, Launch our Mayflower, and steer boldly through the desperate winter sea. Nor attempt the Future's portal with the Past's blood-rusted key.
Page 15 - ... design. If the topic should fail of entertainment or profit, it will at least yield me this negative advantage, that it will not tempt me to traverse any pre-existing debate, or prejudice, or clique, or dogma. The central thought of my doctrine is based on the presumption that the ultimate and total object of the teacher's profession is not the communication of knowledge ; nor even, according to the favorite modern formula, the stimulating of the knowing faculty, if by the knowing faculty we...
Page 333 - But when the face of Sextus Was seen among the foes, A yell that rent the firmament From all the town arose. On the house-tops was no woman But spat towards him and hissed, No child but screamed out curses, And shook its little fist.
Page 392 - ... into her secrets ; in fine, whatever may aid them in thought, investigation and discovery, and in making known the results of their labors. Living together they aid and stimulate each other. They form a centre of light, and irradiate it far and wide for the glory of their country, and for the good of mankind. They create an atmosphere filled with inspirations to thought, research and culture. Young men who have passed through the intermediate [grade, and hence, who have learned the art and formed...
Page 148 - A being breathing thoughtful breath, A traveller betwixt life and death; The reason firm, the temperate will, Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill; A perfect woman, nobly planned, To warn, to comfort, and command; And yet a spirit still, and bright With something of an angel light.
Page 344 - Nay, more than this, all inferior poetry is an injury to the good, inasmuch as it takes away the freshness of rhymes, blunders upon and gives a wretched commonalty to good thoughts; and, in general, adds to the weight of human weariness in a most woful and culpable manner.