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New York: Dodd, Mead and company, 1896 - Books and reading - 273 pages

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Page 49 - ... length to suit the measure, or of different sound for the rhyme, would have laid me under a constant necessity of searching for variety, and also have tended to fix that variety in my mind, and make me master of it. Therefore I took some of the tales in the Spectator...
Page 24 - And the plea that this or that man has no time for culture will vanish as soon as we desire culture so much that we begin to examine seriously our present use of our time.
Page 26 - There is no magic about the process of enriching one's self by absorbing the best books ; it is simply a matter of sound habits patiently formed and persistently kept up. Making the most of one's time is the first of these habits ; utilizing the spare hours, the unemployed minutes, no less than those longer periods which the more fortunate enjoy. To "take time by the forelock" in this way, however, one must have his book at hand when the precious minute arrives. There must be no fumbling for the...
Page 108 - ... fruit, yet as one risen from the dead also, presenting one side of her ambiguous nature to men's gloomier fancies. Thirdly, there is the image of Demeter enthroned, chastened by sorrow, and somewhat advanced in age, blessing the earth, in her joy at the return of Kore. The myth has now entered on the third phase of its life, in which it becomes the property of those more elevated spirits, who, in the decline of the Greek religion, pick and choose and modify, with perfect freedom of mind, whatever...
Page 52 - It was just as though the voice of my own soul spoke to me through Plato, as though in some antenatal experience I had lived the life of a philosophical Greek lover.
Page 22 - James Smetham, the English artist, feeling keenly the imperfection of his training, formulated a plan of study combining art, literature, and the religious life, and devoted twenty-five years to working it out. Goethe spent more than sixty years in the process of developing himself harmoniously on all sides; and few men have wasted less time than he. And yet in the case of each of these rigorous and faithful students, there were other, and, for long periods, more engrossing occupations.
Page 51 - I bought Gary's crib, and took it with me to London on an exeat in March. My hostess, a Mrs. Bain, who lived in Regent's Park, treated me to a comedy one evening at the Haymarket. I forget what the play was. When we returned from the play I went to bed and began to read my Gary's Plato. It so happened that I stumbled on the
Page 105 - ... is the goddess of sheaves. She presides over all the pleasant, significant details of the farm, the threshing-floor and the full granary, and stands beside the woman baking bread at the oven. With these fancies are connected certain simple rites; the half-understood local observance and the half-believed local legend reacting capriciously on each other.
Page 35 - s translation of Montaigne. among them were Holinshed's "Chronicles,"2 and North's translation of Plutarch.3 Shakespeare would have laid posterity under still greater obligations, if that were possible, if in some autobiographic mood he had told us how he read these books; for never, surely, were books read with greater insight and with more complete absorption. Indeed, the fruits of this reading were so rich and ripe that the books from which their juices came seem but dry husks and shells in comparison....
Page 51 - When we returned from the play I went to bed and began to read my Gary's Plato. It so happened that I stumbled on the ' Phaedrus.' I read on and on, till I reached the end. Then I began the ' Symposium'; and the sun was shining on the shrubs outside the ground-floor in which I slept before I shut the book up.

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