Representative Men: Seven Lectures

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1894 - Biography - 276 pages
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Page 12 - I cannot tell what I would know ; but I have observed there are persons who, in their character and actions, answer questions which I have not skill to put.
Page 170 - The sincerity and marrow of the man reaches to his sentences. I know not anywhere the book that seems less written. It is the language of conversation transferred to a book. Cut these words, and they would bleed ; they are vascular and alive.
Page 155 - Mr. Pope was with Sir Godfrey Kneller one day, when his nephew, a Guinea trader, came in. ' Nephew,' said Sir Godfrey, 'you have the honour of seeing the two greatest men in the world.' — ' I don't know how great you may be,' said the Guinea man, ' but I don't like your looks : I have often bought a man much better than both of you together, all muscles and bones, for ten guineas.
Page 43 - Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated among men of thought. Great havoc makes he among our originalities. We have reached the mountain from which all these drift boulders were detached.
Page 93 - The loyalty, well held to fools, does make Our faith mere folly: — Yet he that can endure To follow with allegiance a fallen lord, Does conquer him that did his master conquer, And earns a place i
Page 211 - What point of morals, of manners, of economy, of philosophy, of religion, of taste, of the conduct of life, has he not settled ? What mystery has he not signified his knowledge of?
Page 264 - Not a foot steps into! the snow or along the ground but prints, in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march. Every act of the man inscribes itself in the memories of his fellows and in his own manners and face.
Page 28 - ... and if I have so much more, every other must have so much less. I seem to have no good without breach of good manners. Nobody is glad in the gladness of another, and our system is one of war, of an injurious superiority. Every child of the Saxon race is educated to wish to be first. It is our system ; and a man comes to measure his greatness 'by the regrets, envies and hatreds of his competitors.
Page 17 - He is not only representative, but participant. Like can only be known by like. The reason why he knows about them is, that he is of them ; he has just come out of nature, or from being a part of that thing. Animated chlorine knows of chlorine, and incarnate zinc, of zinc. Their quality makes his career ; and he can variously publish their virtues, because they compose him. Man, made of the dust of the world, does not forget his origin ; and all that is yet inanimate will one day speak and reason.
Page 283 - What does the man mean? Whence, whence all these thoughts ? Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book ; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise ; holding things because they are things. If he cannot rightly express himself to-day, the same things subsist, and will open themselves to-morrow. There lies the burden on his mind, — the burden of truth to be declared,...