Art Museums and Schools: Four Lectures Delivered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Page 11 - And I say to mankind, Be not curious about God, For I who am curious about each am not curious about God, (No array of terms can say how much I am at peace about God and about death...
Page 7 - I tell thee, Blockhead, it all comes of thy Vanity ; of what thou fanciest those same deserts of thine to be. Fancy that thou deservest to be hanged (as is most likely), thou wilt feel it happiness to be only shot : fancy that thou deserves! to be hanged in a hair-halter, it will be a luxury to die in hemp.
Page 27 - A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts ; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
Page 18 - NINEVEH. IN our Museum galleries To-day I lingered o'er the prize Dead Greece vouchsafes to living eyes, — Her Art for ever in fresh wise From hour to hour rejoicing me. Sighing I turned at last to win. Once more the London dirt and din ; And as I made the swing-door spin And issued, they were hoisting in A winged beast from Nineveh.
Page 36 - One seem'd all dark and red — a tract of sand, And some one pacing there alone, Who paced for ever in a glimmering land, Lit with a low large moon.
Page 24 - She looks a sea Cybele, fresh from ocean, Rising with her tiara of proud towers At airy distance, with majestic motion, A ruler of the waters and their powers...
Page 14 - Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts : nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir...
Page 12 - A thing of beauty is a joy forever : Its loveliness increases ; it will never Pass into nothingness...
Page 30 - Remember the old man, and what he was Years after he had heard this heavy news. His bodily frame had been from youth to age Of an unusual strength.
Page 33 - And one, an English home— gray twilight pour'd On dewy pastures, dewy trees, Softer than sleep — all things in order stored, A haunt of ancient Peace.

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