The Aesthetic and Miscellaneous Works of Frederick Von Schlegel: Comprising Letters on Christian Art, An Essay on Gothic Architecture, Remarks on the Romance-poetry of the Middle Ages and on Shakspere, On the Limits of the Beautiful, On the Language and Wisdom of the Indians

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G. Bell and Sons, 1875 - Aesthetics - 533 pages

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Page 520 - Even the loftiest philosophy of the Europeans, the idealism of reason, as it is set forth by Greek philosophers, appears, in comparison with the abundant light and vigour of Oriental idealism, like a feeble Promethean spark in the full flood and heavenly glory of the noon-day sun, faltering and feeble, and ever ready to be extinguished : still the more trifling the dimensions, the greater was the artistic skill employed in pourtraying its form and arrangement.
Page 453 - It is very remarkable that the Peruvian Incas, who boasted of the same descent as the Hindoo Rama, (viz., from Surya, or the Sun), styled their great festival Kamasitoa ; whence we may suppose that South America was peopled by the same race who imported into the farthest parts of Asia the rites and fabulous history of Kama.
Page 273 - My holde will faile, and then, alas, 1 fall; And if I fall, no question death is next. Better desist, and live in prison still; Prison, said I? nay, rather death than so. Comfort and courage come again to me, I'll venter sure; 'tis but a leape for life.
Page 417 - ... the decrees of nature, and her laws stand in constant opposition to his own desires. Life is a stern struggle between conflicting powers. Every inordinate indulgence involves a corresponding amount of suffering. Those who yield their souls captive to the brief intoxication of love, if no higher and holier feeling mingle with and consecrate their dream of bliss, will shrink trembling from the pangs that attend their waking. Others, on the contrary, who devote themselves to glorious deeds, and...
Page 419 - ... allegiance to the generous and all-bounteous mother whose full breast is the source of all genuine life." There is in the human breast a fearful, unsatisfied desire to soar into infinity — a feverish longing to break through the narrow bondage of individuality — and man is often so utterly subdued by this wild longing that his very thirst for freedom makes him a prey to the overwhelming force of Nature. In savage disdain he spurns the restraint of laws and with loveless soul pollutes the...
Page 472 - It cannot be denied that the early Indians possessed a knowledge of the true God ; all their writings are replete with sentiments and expressions, noble, clear, and severely grand, as deeply conceived and reverentially Expressed as in any human language in which men have spoken of their God.
Page 427 - Trans. at Calcutta I have not seen. I endeavoured, by carefully copying the finest MSS. both in the Devanagari * and Bengalese character, to attain such perfection as would enable me to furnish in writing very good models for the use of the type-cutter. But I found, notwithstanding, that the preparation of the types would require far more efficient assistance than it was in my power to procure. The sacrifice of personal predilections for the sake of any particular scientific object brings its reward...
Page 254 - He gave the maid to Trenmor ! " King of Lochlin," said Fingal, " thy blood flows in the veins of thy foe. Our fathers met in battle, because they loved the strife of spears. But often did they feast in the hall : and send round the joy of the shell. Let thy face brighten with gladness, and thine ear delight in the harp. Dreadful as the storm of thine ocean, thou hast poured thy valour forth ; thy voice has been like the voice of thousands when they engage in war.
Page 204 - The whole is one continued irony of that crown of all heroic tales, the tale of Troy. The contemptible nature of the origin of the Trojan war, the laziness and discord with which it was carried on, so that the siege was made to last ten years, are only placed in clearer light by the noble descriptions, the sage and ingenious maxims with which the work overflows, and the high ideas which the heroes entertain of themselves and each other. Agamemnon's stately behaviour, Menelaus' irritation, Nestor's...
Page 95 - In its more extended signification, the term comprehends invention generally, as distinguished from execution. Another very different and less general sense in which this expression is also used, must not be confounded with the foregoing, thus a motive is sometimes understood in the sense of a suggestion. It is said, for example, that Poussin found the muticcs of his landscape compositions at Tivoli.

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