A Guide to the Choice of Books for Students & General Readers

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Arthur Herbert Dyke Acland
E. Stanford, 1891 - Best books - 128 pages
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Page 4 - For, don't you mark? we're made so that we love First when we see them painted, things we have passed Perhaps a hundred times nor cared to see; And so they are better, painted — better to us, 35 Which is the same thing.
Page 94 - There rolls the deep where grew the tree. O earth, what changes hast thou seen! There where the long street roars, hath been The stillness of the central sea. The hills are shadows, and they flow From form to form, and nothing stands ; They melt like mist, the solid lands, Like clouds they shape themselves and go.
Page 11 - O thou who art able to write a Book, which once in the two centuries or oftener there is a man gifted to do, envy not him whom they name City-builder, and inexpressibly pity him whom they name Conqueror or Cityburner!
Page iii - ... the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragons teeth ; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men.
Page 21 - Go from the east to the west, as the sun and the stars direct thee, Go with the girdle of man, go and encompass the earth. Not for the gain of the gold; for the getting, the hoarding, the having, But for the joy of the deed; but for the Duty to do.
Page 39 - BEFORE man parted for this earthly strand, While yet upon the verge of heaven he stood, God put a heap of letters in his hand, And bade him make with them what word he could. And man has turn'd them many times ; made Greece, Rome, England, France; — yes, nor in vain essay'd Way after way, changes that never cease ! The letters have combined, something was made. But ah ! an inextinguishable sense Haunts him that he has not made what he should ; That he has still, though old, to recommence...
Page iii - For Books are not absolutely dead things, but doe contain a potencie of Life in them to be as active as that Soule was whose progeny they are...
Page 74 - What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more. Sure he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and god-like reason To fust in us unus'd.
Page 58 - Literature consists of all the books— and they are not so many— where moral truth and human passion are touched with a certain largeness, sanity, and attraction of form...
Page 60 - I GIVE you the end of a golden string, Only wind it into a ball ; It will lead you in at Heaven's gate Built in Jerusalem's wall.

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