Hamlet: From a Psychological Point of View, Volume 12

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Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1870 - Hamlet - 27 pages
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Page 13 - Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife ! To all the sensual world proclaim, One crowded hour of glorious life Is worth an age without a name.
Page 21 - Never indeed was any man more contented with doing his duty in that state of life to which it had pleased God to call him.
Page 24 - Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well When our deep plots do fail: and that should teach us There's a divinity that shapes our ends Rough-hew them how we will.
Page 9 - ... part of the utility of science, and the part which, if neglected in youth, may be the most easily made up for afterwards. It is more important to understand the value of scientific instruction as a training and disciplining process, to fit the intellect for the proper work of a human being. Facts are the materials of our knowledge, but the mind itself is the instrument ; and it is easier to acquire facts, than to judge what they prove, and how, through the facts which we know, to get to those...
Page 25 - ... these splendid powers of mind do not appear in their perfectly developed form — they seem to be beautiful young buds rather than fully expanded flowers. Whatever notes he touches, he touches brilliantly, and yet lightly as with the finger of genius, but his songs are more like exquisite snatches of melody than the music of completed conceptions. His noble mind, tentative in its efforts, seems to be waiting and yearning for some favourable soil in which it may germinate, and for problems of...
Page 26 - ... see him in that stage of development through which minds of a certain high class invariably pass — the stage of what has been called "reflective indecision " — before the conceptions are systematized, before the will has been fashioned, and - before the individual has placed himself thinkingly, and, as far as he can, actually, in harmony with the circumstances by which he is surrounded. The will, in so far as it is the instrument and servant of reason, and not merely another name for unreasoning...
Page 25 - As I have said before, a consistent theory of the evolution of this play is to be found in an examination of Hamlet's character and the circumstances in which he was placed. Hamlet is pictured to us as a young man possessing highly sensitive and emotional qualities of mind, in combination with most refined intellectual insight and subtlety, original reasoning power of a high order, exalted, and at the same time softened, by a brilliant and most delicate imagination ; and yet, judged critically...
Page 27 - ... be said to be complete, and, judged by this criterion, Hamlet's is incomplete, his individuality is not perfect. I prefer to regard him myself as a splendid specimen of humanity, full of promise, but arrested in his development, and that too in the very blossoming of his powers ; called to a...

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