Ships that Pass in the Night

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G. P. Putnam's sons, 1894 - 235 pages
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Page 179 - We shall imitate, or criticize, or condemn. But as time goes on, we shall learn not to interfere, we shall know that one bridge is probably as good as the other ; and that the greatest value of them all has been in the building of them.
Page 37 - ... are not the first to come here, but you may be the last. Go back to the plains, and tell the dwellers in the plains that the Temple of True Knowledge is in their very midst; any one may enter it who chooses ; the gates are not even closed. The temple has always been in the plains, in the very heart of life, and work, and daily effort. The philosopher may enter, the stone-breaker may enter. You must have passed it every day of your life — a plain, venerable building, unlike our glorious cathedrals."...
Page 38 - Those whom you meet on this road you can turn back. Those who are but starting in this direction you can bid pause and consider how mad it is to suppose that the Temple of True Knowledge should have been built on an isolated and dangerous mountain. Tell them that, although God seems hard, He is not as hard as all that. Tell them that the Ideals are not a mountain range, but their own plains, where their great cities are built, and where the corn grows, and where men and women are toiling, sometimes...
Page 67 - He seemed to be waiting eagerly for her answer. when you get another chance. One can't do more than that. That is what I shall think of : that God will give each of us another chance, and that each one of us will take it and do better — I and you and every one. So there is no need to fret over failure, when one hopes one may be allowed to redeem that failure later on. Besides which, life is very hard. Why, we ourselves recognize that. If there be a God, some intelligence greater than human intelligence,...
Page 34 - There was a temple on that mountain, and the Traveler had vowed that he would reach it before death prevented him. He knew the journey was long, and the road rough. He knew that the mountain was the most difficult of ascent of that mountain chain called
Page 35 - Old white-haired man," he said, " tell me ; and so I have come at last to the wonderful Temple of Knowledge? I have been journeying hither all my life. Ah, but it is hard work climbing up to the Ideals !" The old man touched the Traveler on the arm. " Listen," he said, gently. " This is not the Temple of Knowledge. And the Ideals are not a chain of mountains; they are a stretch of plains, and the Temple of Knowledge is in their centre. You have come the wrong road. Alas! poor Traveler.
Page 46 - I, Ch. VII, 20. The genial old gentleman has been satisfied too long to leave undone those things which he ought not to do. Pall Mall Mag. Note. The gerund-construction seems to be preferred In literary diction, the Infinitive-construction In colloquial language. GERUND-CLAUSES...
Page 34 - But he had a strongly-hoping heart and a sure foot. He lost all sense of time, but he never lost the feeling of hope. " Even if I faint by the wayside," he said to himself, " and am not able to reach the summit, still it is something to be on the road which leads to the High Ideals.