The Aesthetic Letters, Essays, and the Philosophical Letters of Schiller: Tr

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C. C. Little and J. Brown, 1845 - Aesthetics - 379 pages

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Page xxvii - progress," as it trod from sphere to sphere. And her custom was to praise me when I said, — "The Age culls simples, With a broad clown's back turned broadly to the glory of the stars. We are gods by our own reck'ning, and may well shut up the temples, And wield on, amid the incense-steam, the thunder of our cars. " For we throw out acclamations of self-thanking, selfadmiring, With, at every mile run faster,—' O the wondrous, wondrous age...
Page 38 - ... like the Son of Agamemnon, to purify it. The matter of his works he will take from the present, but their form he will derive from a nobler time ; nay from beyond all time, from the absolute unchanging unity of his own nature.
Page 40 - HARVARD UNIVERSITY, AT THEIR ANNIVERSARY, AUGUST 27, 1846. Then I would say to the young disciple of Truth and Beauty, who would know how to satisfy the noble impulse of his heart, through every opposition of the century, — I would say, Give the world beneath your influence a direction towards the good, and the tranquil rhythm of time will bring its development.
Page 36 - It is not, then, enough to say that all enlightenment of the understanding is worthy of respect only inasmuch as it reacts upon character. To a certain extent it also proceeds from character, since the way to the head must be opened through the heart.
Page xxvii - For we throw out acclamations of self-thanking, selfadmiring, With, at every mile run faster, — ' O the wondrous wondrous age,' Little thinking if we work our SOULS as nobly as our iron, Or if angels will commend us at the goal of pilgrimage.
Page xi - Germany's best ^Esthetician, and these letters contain the highest moments of Schiller. Whether we desire rigorous logical investigation or noble poetic expression, whether we wish to stimulate the intellect or inflame the heart, we need seek no further than these. They are trophies won from an unpopular, metaphysical form, by a lofty, inspiring, and absorbing subject.
Page 197 - Ecce autem gemini a Tenedo tranquilla per alta (Horresco referens) immensis orbibus angues Incumbunt pelago, pariterque ad litora tendunt: Pectora quorum inter fluctus arrecta, jubaeque Sanguineae exsuperant undas: pars cetera pontum Pone legit, sinuatque immensa volumine terga. Fit sonitus, spumante salo: jamque arva tenebant, Ardentesque oculos suffecti sanguine et igni Sibila lambebant linguis vibrantibus ora.
Page 140 - The imagination of man, like his corporeal organs, has also its free emotion and its material play, in which it merely enjoys its native power and liberty, without any reference to shape.
Page 41 - You have given it this direction, if, as a teacher, you elevate its thoughts to the necessary and eternal; if, while acting or composing, you transform the necessary and eternal into an object of its impulse. The fabric of error and caprice will fall ; it must, nay, it has already fallen, when you are sure that it declines ; but it must decline not only in the outward, but in the inner man. Create the conquering truth in the modest stillness of your soul, array it in a form of beauty, that not only...
Page 314 - Philosophical Letters" : that "The Divinity is already very near to that man who has succeeded in collecting all beauty, all greatness, all excellence, in both the small and great of Nature, and in evolving from this manifoldness the great Unity.

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