Essays on Style, Rhetoric, and Language

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Allyn and Bacon, 1893 - 251
 

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Strona 239 - ... the literature of knowledge, and, secondly, the literature of power. The function of the first is, to teach; the function of the second is, to move : the first is a rudder, the second an oar or a sail. The first speaks to the mere discursive understanding; the second speaks ultimately, it may happen, to the higher understanding or reason, but always through affections of pleasure and sympathy.
Strona 91 - Thence to the famous orators repair, Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence Wielded at will that fierce democratic, Shook the Arsenal and fulmined over Greece, To Macedon, and Artaxerxes...
Strona 175 - ... like the proud Keep of Windsor, rising in the majesty of proportion, and girt with the double belt of its kindred and coeval towers, as long as this awful structure shall oversee and guard the subjected land - so long the mounds and dykes of the low, fat, Bedford level will have nothing to fear from all the pickaxes of all the levellers of France.
Strona 240 - What do you learn from Paradise Lost? Nothing at all. What do you learn from a cookery-book? Something new, something that you did not know before, in every paragraph. But would you therefore put the wretched cookery-book on a higher level of estimation than the divine poem? What you owe to Milton is not any knowledge, of which a million separate items are still but a million of advancing steps on the same earthly...
Strona 175 - ... rights; the joint and several securities, each in its place and order, for every kind and every quality of property and of dignity - as long as these endure, so long the Duke of Bedford is safe: and we are all safe together...
Strona 175 - State, shall, like the proud Keep of Windsor, rising in the majesty of proportion, and girt with the double belt of its kindred and coeval towers...
Strona 59 - Standing on one leg you may accomplish this. The labour of composition begins when you have to put your separate threads of thought into a loom ; to weave them into a continuous whole ; to connect, to introduce them ; to blow them out or expand them ; to carry them to a close.
Strona 240 - But would you therefore put the wretched cookery-book on a higher level of estimation than the divine poem? What you owe to Milton is not any knowledge, of which a million separate items are still but a million of advancing steps on the same earthly level; what you owe is power, that is, exercise and expansion to your own latent capacity of sympathy with the infinite...
Strona 162 - Now, since these dead bones have already outlasted the living ones of Methuselah, and, in a yard under ground, and thin walls of clay, outworn all the strong and specious buildings above it, and quietly rested under the drums and tramplings of three conquests ; what prince can promise such diuturnity unto his relics, or might not gladly say, " Sic ego componi versus in ossa velim.
Strona 97 - Our sense of the dignity of human nature is exalted by the simple recollection that Isocrates was the companion of Plato and Xenophon ; that he assisted, perhaps with the historian Thucydides, at the first representations of the CEdipus of Sophocles and the Iphigenia of Euripides...

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