A History of Greek Literature

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H. Holt, 1890 - Greek literature - 877 pages
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Page 733 - Further, it is clear that children should be instructed in some useful things, — for example, in reading and writing, — not only for their usefulness, but also because many other sorts of knowledge are acquired through them. With a like view they may be taught drawing, not to prevent their making mistakes in their own purchases, or in order that they may not be imposed upon in the buying or selling of articles, but rather because it makes them judges of the beauty of the human form. To be always...
Page 697 - To you, Socrates, whom I know to be the noblest and gentlest and best of all who ever came to this place, I will not impute the angry feelings of other men, who rage and swear at me when, in obedience to the authorities, I bid them drink the poison — indeed, I am sure that you will not be angry with me ; for others, as you are aware, and not I, are the guilty cause. And so fare you well, and try to bear lightly what must needs be ; you know my errand.
Page 321 - Yes, for it was not Zeus who gave them forth, " Nor Justice, dwelling with the Gods below, Who traced these laws for all the sons of men ; Nor did I deem thy edicts strong enough, That thou, a mortal man, should'st over-pass The unwritten laws of God that know not change. They are not of to-day nor yesterday, But live for ever, nor can man assign When first they sprang to being.
Page 730 - For each government has a peculiar character which originally formed and which continues to preserve it. The character of democracy creates democracy, and the character of oligarchy creates oligarchy; and always the better the character, the better the government.
Page 334 - Happiest beyond compare Never to taste of life; Happiest in order next, Being born, with quickest speed Thither again to turn From whence we came. When youth hath passed away, With all its follies light, What sorrow is not there? What trouble then is absent from our lot?
Page 817 - Nor is it always in the most distinguished achievements that men's virtues or vices may be best discerned ; but very often an action of small note, a short saying, or a jest, shall distinguish a person's real character more than the greatest sieges, or the most important battles."* To this may be added the sentiments of the very man whose life I am about to exhibit.
Page 535 - Of the events of the war I have not ventured to speak from any chance information, nor according to any notion of my own; I have described nothing but what I either saw myself, or learned from others of whom I made the most careful and particular inquiry.
Page 176 - Hesperus ! thou bringest all good things — Home to the weary, to the hungry cheer, To the young bird the parent's brooding wings, The welcome stall to the...
Page 460 - The easiest thing in nature ! — nothing easier ! Stick to your present practice : follow it up In your new calling. Mangle, mince and mash, Confound and hack, and jumble things together ! And interlard your rhetoric with lumps Of mawkish sweet, and greasy flattery.
Page 312 - I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me : I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this.

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