The Need for Art in Life: A Lecture Delivered at the University of Manchester

G. A. Shaw, publisher to University lectures association, 1915 - 106 Seiten
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Seite 35 - The great men of culture are those who have had a passion for diffusing, for making prevail, for carrying from one end of society to the other, the best knowledge, the best ideas of their time...
Seite 100 - Ready to twitch the Nymph's last garment off, And Moses with the tables . . . but I know Ye mark me not! What do they whisper thee, Child of my bowels, Anselm ? Ah, ye hope To revel down my villas while I gasp Bricked o'er with beggar's mouldy travertine Which Gandolf from his tomb-top chuckles at!
Seite 95 - There is no exclusiveness in our public life, and in our private intercourse we are not suspicious of one another, nor angry with our neighbour if he does what he likes; we do not put on sour looks at him which, though harmless, are not pleasant.
Seite 100 - And then how I shall lie through centuries, And hear the blessed mutter of the mass, And see God made and eaten all day long, And feel the steady candle-flame, and taste Good strong thick stupefying incense-smoke! For as I lie here, hours of the dead night, Dying in state and by such slow degrees, I fold my arms as if they clasped a crook, And stretch my feet forth straight as stone can point, And let the bedclothes, for a mortcloth, drop Into great laps and folds of...
Seite 26 - Tis in such shifts As these, I care for riches, to make gifts To friends, or lead a sick man back to health With ease and plenty. Else small aid is wealth For daily gladness; once a man be done With hunger, rich and poor are all as one.
Seite 100 - Bricked o'er with beggar's mouldy travertine Which Gandolf from his tomb-top chuckles at! Nay, boys, ye love me — all of jasper, then! 'Tis jasper ye stand pledged to, lest I grieve 70 My bath must needs be left behind, alas!
Seite 56 - Their bodies they devote to their country as though they belonged to other men ; their true self is their mind, which is most truly their own when employed in her service.
Seite 110 - It is not beautiful because it pleases me ; it pleases me because it it beautiful. We have to lift ourselves up to its level, not to attempt to lower its level to ours. If we do not at first find pleasure, we must train ourselves until we do. But even then the function of the beautiful is not to give pleasure; its end is in itself. This is the difficulty of tlie modern age.
Seite 110 - But this is the thing that is so difficult to drive home in the case of the self -centered person. This does not mean that we do not take a delight in beauty. Quite the reserve ; the delight is one of the highest that we can experience ; but we must not put the cart before the horse ; its excellence is not measured by reference to us. I do not contemplate the beautiful because it pleases me. It is not beautiful because it pleases me ; it pleases me because it it beautiful.
Seite 108 - ... materialism, this grossness, this sensationalism. These things could not be; these cities could not exist. We could not endure to behold them, quite apart from any moral question. We say that it is economic conditions that cause these things and we deceive ourselves. There is far greater wealth per head than there has ever been amongst mankind before. The economic trouble is simply because we do not care to spend our enormous wealth, that surpasses the old days' wildest dreams, upon making things...

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