Parnassus on Wheels

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Doubleday, Page, 1917 - Books and reading - 190 pages
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A biography of the twenty-eighth President of the United States who, while still in office, won the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the League of Nations.
 

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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

Another Melville House bookstore purchase. I might not have bought this one, but Penny was there and she insisted that it was great. And it is! The story of a woman who spent years cooking and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Virago77 - LibraryThing

I don't even know what to day about this. It was fantastic. It seems I say that about a lot of my reads, but I guess I just have good taste!Helen, the protagonist is sick of her brother the Andrew. He ... Read full review

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Page 135 - I should (said he) Bestow this jewel also on my creature, He would adore my gifts instead of me, And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature : So both should losers be. Yet let him keep the rest, But keep them with repining restlessness : Let him be rich and weary, that at least, If goodness lead him not, yet weariness May toss him to my breast.
Page 134 - There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning, and yearning. A man should be learning as he goes; and he should be earning bread for himself and others; and he should be yearning, too: yearning to know the unknowable. What a fine old poem is "The Pulley
Page 37 - when you sell a man a book you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night — there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean.
Page 37 - ... ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night — there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean. Jiminy! If I were the baker or the butcher or the broom huckster, people would run to the gate when I came by — just waiting for my stuff. And here I go loaded with everlasting salvation — yes, ma'am, salvation for their little, stinted minds — and it's hard to make 'em see it. That's what...
Page 63 - New York is Babylon; Brooklyn is the true Holy City. New York is the city ofenvy, qfl1ce work and hustle; Brooklyn is the region of homes and happiness.
Page 11 - It was coloured a pale, robin's-egg blue, and on the side, in big scarlet letters, was painted : R. MIFFLIN'S TRAVELLING PARNASSUS GOOD BOOKS FOR SALE SHAKESPEARE, CHARLES LAMB, RLS HAZLITT, AND ALL OTHERS...
Page 64 - There is no hope for New Yorkers, for they glory in their skyscraping sins; but in Brooklyn there is the wisdonv of the lowly.
Page 37 - If I were the baker or the butcher or the broom huckster, people would run to the gate when I came by — just waiting for my stuff. And here I go loaded with everlasting salvation — yes, ma'am, salvation for their little, stinted minds — and it's hard to make 'em see it. That's what makes it worth while — I'm doing something that nobody else from Nazareth, Maine, to Walla Walla, Washington, has ever thought of. It's a new field, but by the bones of Whitman, it's worth while. That's what this...
Page 36 - He was a kind of traveling missionary in his way. A hefty talker, too. His eyes were twinkling now and I could see him warming up. "Lord!" he said, "when you sell a man a book you don't just sell him twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night — there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean, Jiminy! If I were the baker or the butcher or the broom huckster, people would run to the...
Page 135 - ... to shatter this sorry scheme of things and " then remould it nearer to the heart's desire," to indulge in other words the romantic type of imagination.

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