Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve

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J.B. Lippincott, 1909 - 388 pages
 

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Page 343 - I thought of Chatterton, the marvellous Boy, The sleepless Soul that perished in his pride; Of Him who walked in glory and in joy Following his plough, along the mountain-side: By our own spirits are we deified: We Poets in our youth begin in gladness; But thereof come in the end despondency and madness.
Page 31 - s by action dignified. Within the infant rind of this small flower Poison hath residence, and medicine power:. For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part, Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart. Two such opposed kings encamp them still In man as well as herbs, grace and rude will ; And where the worser is predominant, Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.
Page 347 - I value his praise both in itself, and because it carries one's name through the literary circles of Europe in a way that no English praise can carry it. But, apart from that, to any one but a glutton of praise the whole value of it lies in the mode in which it is administered ; and this is administered by the first of living critics, and with a delicacy for which one would look in vain here.
Page 335 - What did he think about religion ? How was he affected by the spectacle of nature ? How did he bear himself in regard to women, and to money ? Was he rich ? Was he poor ? What was his regimen, his daily habit of life ? And so on.
Page 92 - is the art of presenting to people the literary works which, in the actual state of their habits and beliefs, are capable of giving them the greatest possible pleasure; classicism, on the contrary, of presenting them with that which gave the greatest possible pleasure to their grandfathers.
Page 224 - I will not here speculate, however, about my own feelings. Only this I know full well now, and did not know then, that the Catholic Church allows no image of. any sort, material or immaterial, no dogmatic symbol, no rite, no sacrament, no Saint, not even the Blessed...
Page 223 - ... Pascal's view of human depravity seems to the ordinary man but the despair and delirium of the self-tormenting ascetic. The cynical view of our fallen nature, however, is at least a possible view. It is well that it should be explored, and it will always have its prophets, Calvin or Rochefoucault. But to ordinary men an argument in favour of revelation, founded on such an assumption, will seem to be in contradiction to his daily experience. Pascal's Pensees stand alone; a work of individual genius,...
Page 250 - He who had it most at heart to know his object, whose ambition was most engaged in seizing it, whose pride was most alert to paint it— how powerless he feels, and how far beneath his task, on the day when, seeing it almost finished and the result obtained, he feels his exaltation sink, feels himself overcome by faintness and inevitable disgust, and perceives in his turn that he too is only a fleeting illusion in the midst of the infinite illusory flux!
Page 105 - I am," he says in one of those " Petisees " to which we have alluded, " I am thoroughly broken in to metamorphoses. I began frankly and bluntly with the most extreme form of the eighteenth century, with Tracy, Daunou, Lamarck, and physiology : that is my real foundation. Thence I passed through the doctrinary and psychological school of the Globe, but making my reservations and without giving it my adherence. Thence I passed to romanticism in poetry, * Portrait* of Celebrated Women. By CA SAINTR-BEUvE.
Page 321 - Dante, and that little inadequate; he manages to create for himself a sphere of philosophical activity in which we miss the luminous presence of Plato, and a train of dramatic tradition which can scarcely be said to reach back to Sophocles. These are serious omissions for which no amount of interest in Chapelle and Bachaumont...

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