The life and letters of the right Honourable Friedrich Max Müller, Volume 1

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Longmans, Green, and co., 1902
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Page iii - Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work; a life-purpose; he has found it, and will follow it...
Page 249 - Your work will form a new era in the efforts for the conversion of India and Oxford will have reason to be thankful that, by giving you a home, it will have facilitated a work of such primary and lasting importance for the conversion of India, and which by enabling us to compare that early false religion with the true illustrates the more than blessedness of what we enjoy.
Page 346 - I shall not live to see, yet this edition of mine and the translation of the Vedas will hereafter tell to a great extent on the fate of India and on the growth of millions of souls in that country. It is the root of their religion and to show them what the root is, I feel sure, is the only way of uprooting all that has sprung from it during the last three thousand years.
Page 148 - And if now we gaze from our native shores over that vast ocean of human speech, with its waves rolling on from continent to continent, rising under the fresh breezes of the morning of history, and slowly heaving in our own more sultry atmosphere, — with sails gliding over its surface, and many an oar • ploughing through its surf, and the flags of all nations waving joyously together, — with its rocks and -wrecks, its storms and battles, yet reflecting serenely all that is beneath and above...
Page 255 - Hold thee still in the Lord, and abide patiently upon him: but grieve not thyself at him whose way doth prosper, against the man that doeth after evil counsels. 8 Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure: fret not thyself, else shalt thou be moved to do evil.
Page 497 - When I had written the last line of the Rig- Veda and Sayana's commentary, and put down my pen, I felt as if I had parted with an old, old friend. For thirty years scarcely a day has passed on which my thoughts have not dwelt on this work, and for many a day, and many a night, too, the old poets of the Veda, and still more their orthodox and painstaking expositor, have been my never-failing companions.
Page 255 - Oxford, 1861. and that is, the assurance that we have not been mistaken in the high expectations we had formed of you. You have it still in your power, thank God ! to turn your energies from this wretched turmoil to the pursuits which have made your name what it is. You can still show that, although not Boden Professor, you are, and will remain, the oracle of all who wish to know the secrets of Indian literature and religion. You can still, by your writings, show what the Christian religion may be...
Page 346 - I hope I shall finish that work, and I feel convinced, though I shall not live to see it, that this edition of mine and the translation of the Veda will hereafter tell to a great extent on the fate of India, and on the growth of millions of souls in that country. It is the root of their religion, and to show them what...
Page 202 - Prajnaparamita of the Northern Buddhists, is annihilation, not absorption. Buddhism, therefore, if tested by its own canonical books, cannot be freed from the charge of Nihilism...
Page 148 - ... but we feel as if placed" within some ancient cathedral, listening to a chorus of innumerable voices, and the more intensely we listen, the more all discords melt away into higher harmonies, till at last we hear but one majestic trichord, or a mighty unison, as at the end of a sacred symphony. Such visions will float through the study of the grammarian, and in the midst of toilsome researches...

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