On genius, in which it is attempted to be proved that there is no mental distinction among mankind

Hamilton and Adams, 1830 - 86 pages

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Page 48 - To them his heart, his love, his griefs were given, But all his serious thoughts had rest in Heaven. As some tall cliff, that lifts its awful form, Swells from the vale and midway leaves the storm, Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head.
Page 70 - How charming is divine Philosophy! Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose, But musical as is Apollo's lute, And a perpetual feast of nectar'd sweets, Where no crude surfeit reigns.
Page 9 - Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss ; A fool might once himself alone expose ; Now one in verse makes many more in prose.
Page 8 - Among great geniuses, those few draw the admiration of all the world upon them, and stand up as the prodigies of mankind, who, by the mere strength of natural parts, and without any assistance of art or learning, have produced works that were the delight of their own times, and the wonder of posterity.
Page 33 - A thinking being, — that is, a being doubting, knowing, affirming, denying, consenting, refusing, susceptible of pleasure and of pain.* Of all these things I might have had complete experience, without any previous acquaintance with the qualities and laws of matter ; and therefore it is impossible that the study of matter can avail me aught in the study of myself.
Page 47 - Emerged, he sat, and mourn'd his Argives slain. At Jove incensed, with grief and fury stung, Prone down the rocky steep he rush'd along ; Fierce as he pass'd, the lofty mountains nod, The forest shakes ; earth trembled as he trod, 30 And felt the footsteps of the immortal god.
Page 10 - Atqui sic a summis hominibus eruditissimisque accepimus, ceterarum rerum studia et doctrina et praeceptis et arte constare, poe'tam natura ipsa valere et mentis viribus excitari et quasi divino quodam spiritu inflari.
Page 31 - The Sphinx, the famous monster born of Chimaera, and having the head of a woman, the wings of a bird, the body of a dog, and the paws of a lion ; and whose riddle, " What animal walks on four legs in the morning, on two at noon, and on three at night ? " so puzzled the Thebans, that King Creon offered his crown and his daughter Jocasta to any one who should solve it, and so free the land of the uncomfortable...

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