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Pagina 16 - There is but one Temple in the Universe," says the devout Novalis, "and that is the Body of Man. Nothing is holier than that high form. Bending before men is a reverence done to this Revelation in the Flesh. We touch Heaven when we lay our hand on a human body ! " This sounds much like a mere flourish of rhetoric; but it is not so.
Pagina 228 - Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man ; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Pagina 85 - It is not to taste sweet things, but to do noble and true things, and vindicate himself under God's Heaven as a god-made Man, that the poorest son of Adam dimly longs. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest daydrudge kindles into a hero. They wrong man greatly who say he is to be seduced by ease. Difficulty, abnegation, martyrdom, death are the allurements that act on the heart of man.
Pagina 135 - Really it were a grave question. Official persons would answer doubtless in official language; but we, for our part too, should not we be forced to answer: Indian Empire, or no Indian Empire; we cannot do without Shakspeare! Indian Empire will go, at any rate, some day; but this Shakspeare does not go, he lasts forever with us; we cannot give up our Shakspeare!
Pagina 14 - This Universe, ah me ! — what could the wild man know of it ; what can we yet know ? That it is a Force, and thousandfold Complexity of Forces ; a Force which is not we. That is all; it is not we, it is altogether different from us. Force, Force, everywhere Force; we ourselves a mysterious Force in the centre of that. "There is not a leaf rotting on the highway but has Force in it : how else could it rot...
Pagina 114 - Mountain of Purification ;' an emblem of the noblest conception of that age. If Sin is so fatal, and Hell is and must be so rigorous, awful, yet in Repentance too is man purified ; Repentance is the grand Christian act. It is beautiful how Dante works it out. The tremolar dell...
Pagina 6 - They were the leaders of men, these great ones ; the modellers, patterns, and in a wide sense creators, of whatsoever the general mass of men contrived to do or to attain ; all things that we see standing accomplished in the world are properly the outer material result, the practical realization and embodiment, of Thoughts that dwelt in the Great Men sent into the world : the soul of the whole world's history, it may justly be considered, were the history of these.
Pagina 129 - This well deserves meditating. It is Nature's highest reward to a true simple great soul, that he get thus to be a part of herself. Such a man's works, whatsoever he with utmost conscious exertion and forethought shall accomplish, grow up withal...
Pagina 110 - Dante does not come before us as a large catholic mind ; rather as a narrow, and even sectarian rnind : it is partly the fruit of his age and position, but partly too of his own nature. His, greatness has, in all senses, concentered itself into fiery emphasis and depth. He is world-great not because he is world-wide, but because he is world-deep.
Pagina 111 - Latini, with the cotto aspetto, " face baked" parched, brown and lean ; and the " fiery snow " that falls on them there, a " fiery snow without wind," slow, deliberate, never-ending ! Or the lids of those tombs ; square sarcophaguses, in that silent dim-burning hall, each with its soul in torment ; the lids laid open there ; they are to be shut at the day of judgment, through eternity. And how Farinata rises; and how Cavalcante falls — at hearing of his son, and the past tense "fue"/ The very movements...

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