Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation

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Macmillan Company, 1904 - Japan - 549 pages
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Page 391 - Yet, ere we part, one lesson I can leave you For every day. Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever ; Do noble things, not dream them, all day long : And so make life, death, and that vast for-ever One grand, sweet song.
Page 189 - other than expected fellow " : and a samurai is not to be interfered with in cutting down a fellow who has behaved to him in a manner other than is expected.
Page 235 - And thus there is suggested the conception of a past during which there have been successive Evolutions analogous to that which is now going on; and a future during which successive other such Evolutions may go on — ever the same in principle but never the same in concrete result.
Page 238 - On those phenomena we base our conviction that even the atom is not without a rudimentary form of sensation and will, or. as it is better expressed, of feeling (aesthesis) and inclination (tropesis) — that is, a universal "soul
Page 164 - Mikado is the goddess' son. His mind is in perfect harmony of thought and feeling with hers. He does not seek out new inventions, but rules in accordance with precedents which date from the age of the gods, and if he is ever in doubt, he has resort to divination, which reveals to him the mind of the great goddess.
Page 230 - He will see that though the relation of subject and object renders necessary to us these antithetical conceptions of Spirit and Matter ; the one is no less than the other to be regarded as but a sign of the Unknown Reality which underlies both.
Page 489 - Well, if these are the only possible alternatives, let us for ourselves and our children choose the former, and, if need be, starve like men. But I do not believe that a stable society made up of healthy, vigorous, instructed, and self-ruling people would ever incur serious risk of that fate. They are not likely to be troubled with many competitors of the same character, and they may be safely trusted to find ways of holding their own.
Page 488 - If it is said that the carrying out of such arrangements as those indicated must enhance the cost of production, and thus handicap the producer in the race of competition, I venture, in the first place, to doubt the fact : but if it be so, it results that industrial society has to face a dilemma, either horn of which threatens impalement.
Page 337 - But the Kirishitan band have come to Japan, not only sending their merchant vessels to exchange commodities, but also longing to disseminate an evil law, to overthrow right doctrine, so that they may change the government of the country, and obtain possession of the land.
Page 43 - When a man dies, there have been cases of people sacrificing themselves by strangulation, or of strangling others by way of sacrifice, or of compelling the dead man's horse to be sacrificed, or of burying valuables in the grave in honour of the dead, or of cutting off the hair, and stabbing the thighs and pronouncing an eulogy on the dead (while in this condiXXv. 32. tion). Let all such old customs be entirely discontinued. A certain book says : — ' No gold or silver, no silk brocades, and no coloured...

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