Life and art of Richard Mansfield: with selections from his letters

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Moffat, Yard and company, 1910
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Page 328 - Wouldst thou be as these are ? Live as they. " Unaffrighted by the silence round them, Undistracted by the sights they see, These demand not that the things without them Yield them love, amusement, sympathy.
Page 23 - But every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.
Page 51 - How happy I could be with either, were 'tother dear charmer away . . . He found himself smiling down on his secretary's neatly pinnedup head.
Page 23 - I may judge, however, from the experience both of past and of the present times, that the public are always curious to know the men who have left behind them any image of their minds.
Page 23 - What, in ill thoughts again ? Men must endure Their going hence, even as their coming hither : Ripeness is all : Come on.
Page 23 - He who ascends to mountain-tops, shall find The loftiest peaks most wrapt in clouds and snow; He who surpasses or subdues mankind, Must look down on the hate of those below. Though high above the sun of glory glow, And far beneath the earth and ocean spread, Round him are icy rocks, and loudly blow Contending tempests on his naked head, And thus reward the toils which to those summits led.
Page 291 - John Keats, who was killed off by one critique, Just as he really promised something great, If not intelligible, without Greek Contrived to talk about the gods of late, Much as they might have been supposed to speak. Poor fellow ! His was an untoward fate ; 'Tis strange the mind, that very fiery particle, Should let itself be snuffed out by an article.
Page 7 - Tis not the figure cut in alabaster Kneels at my husband's tomb. Awake, awake man ! I do here put off all vain ceremony, And only do appear to you a young widow That claims you for her husband, and, like a widow, I use but half a blush in 't.
Page 295 - ... there. It is easy for us to busy ourselves, to pass pleasantly our time, designing lovely scenes, charming costumes, and all the paraphernalia and pomp of mimic grandeur, whether of landscape or of architecture, the panoply of war, or the luxury of royal courts. That is fun, — pleasure and amusement. No; the real work of the stage lies in the creation of a character. A great character will live forever, when paint and canvas and silks and satins and gold foil and tinsel shall have gone the...
Page 22 - more can be said in one minute than can be forgotten in a lifetime," — but it is even greater toward the dead, for they can no longer speak for themselves.

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