The Life of John Sterling

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Chapman and Hall, 1900 - Authors, English - 280 pages
 

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Page 21 - Come one, come all ! this rock shall fly From its firm base as soon as I.
Page 7 - I have remarked that a true delineation of the smallest man, and his scene of pilgrimage through life, is capable of interesting the greatest man; that all men are to an unspeakable degree brothers, each man's life a strange emblem of every man's; and that Human Portraits, faithfully drawn, are of all pictures the welcomest on human walls.
Page 53 - A sublime man ; who, alone in those dark days, had saved his crown of spiritual manhood ; escaping from the black materialisms, and revolutionary deluges, with ' God, Freedom, Immortality
Page 54 - ... kind of mild astonishment. The whole figure and air, good and amiable otherwise, might be called flabby and irresolute; expressive of weakness under possibility of strength. He hung loosely on his limbs, with knees bent, and stooping attitude; in walking, he rather shuffled than decisively...
Page 60 - had skirted the howling deserts of Infidelity ; " this was evident enough : but he had not had the courage, in defiance of pain and terror, to press resolutely across said deserts to the new firm lands of Faith beyond ; he preferred to create logical fata-morganas for himself on this hither side, and laboriously solace himself with these. To the man himself Nature had given, in high measure, the seeds of a noble endowment ; and to unfold it had been forbidden him.
Page 60 - The truth is, I now see, Coleridge's talk and speculation was the emblem of himself: in it, as in him, a ray of heavenly inspiration struggled, in a tragically ineffectual degree, with the weakness of flesh and blood.
Page 98 - It is not now known, what never needed proof or statement before-, that Religion is not a doubt ; that it is a certainty, — or else a mockery and horror. That none or all of the many things we are in doubt about, and need to have demonstrated and rendered probable, can by any alchymy be made a
Page 10 - William, a younger brother who had followed him into Ireland. From this William descends the family which, in the years we treat of, had Edward Sterling, Father of our John, for its representative. And now enough of genealogy. Of Edward Sterling, Captain Edward Sterling as his title was, who in the latter period of his life became well known in London political society, whom indeed all England, with a curious mixture of mockery and respect and even fear, knew well as ' the Thunderer of the Times...
Page 96 - No fixed highway more ; the old spiritual highways and recognised paths to the Eternal, now all torn-up and flung in heaps, submerged in unutterable boiling mud-oceans of Hypocrisy and Unbelievability, of brutal living Atheism and damnable dead putrescent Cant...
Page 100 - for his usual hour of coming to me, and watch his tall slender ' form walking rapidly across the hill in front of my window ; ' with the assurance that he was coming to cheer and brighten, ' to rouse and stir me, to call me up to some height of feeling, ' or down to some depth of thought. His lively spirit, respond...

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