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The Epistles of Lucius Annaeus Seneca [Tr. ] with Large Annotations by T. Morell
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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Page 14 - Death's tremendous blow. The knell, the shroud, the mattock, and the grave; The deep damp vault, the darkness, and the worm ; These are the bugbears of a winter's eve, The terrors of the living, not the dead. Imagination's fool, and Error's wretch, Man makes a death which Nature never made : Then on the point of his own fancy falls, And feels a thousand deaths in fearing one.
Page 95 - The bell strikes One. We take no note of time But from its loss : to give it then a tongue Is wise in man. As if an angel spoke I feel the solemn sound. If heard aright, It is the knell of my departed hours. Where are they? With the years beyond the flood.
Page 190 - For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward ; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished ; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
Page 145 - For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight : but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Page 171 - And, dying, they bequeath'd thee small renown. The rest are on the wing: How fleet their flight! Already has the fatal train took fire ; A moment, and the world's blown up to thee; The sun is darkness, and the stars are dust.
Page 106 - ... of it, they do as much as human nature admits : a real reformation * is not to be brought about by ordinary means ; it requires those extraordinary means which become punishments as well as lessons : national corruption must be purged by national calamities.
Page 239 - If you do not understand the operations of your own finite mind, that thinking thing within you, do not deem it strange that you cannot comprehend the operations of that eternal, infinite Mind who made and governs all things, and whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain.
Page 239 - In the mean time it is an overvaluing ourfclves to reduce all to the narrow meafure of our capacities ; and to conclude all things impoffible to be done, whofe manner of doing exceeds our comprehenfion.
Page 131 - To fet about acquiring the habits of meditation and fludy late in life, is like getting into a go-cart with a grey beard, and learning to walk when we have loft the ufe of our legs. In general, the foundations of an happy old age muft be laid in youth : and in particular, he who has not cultivated his reafon young, will be utterly unable to improve it old. *' Manent ingenia fenibus, modo permaneant ftu