Irish Essays: And Others

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Smith, Elder, 1882 - Copyright - 308 pages
 

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Page 197 - In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
Page 11 - But I am not in the least pain upon that matter, because it is very well known, that they are every day dying, and rotting, by cold, and famine, and filth, and vermin, as fast as can be reasonably expected.
Page 199 - Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun...
Page 200 - Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth ; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes : but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
Page 57 - ... the power of conduct, the power of intellect and knowledge, the power of beauty, and the power of social life and manners...
Page 292 - We can hardly at the present day understand what Menander meant, when he told a man who inquired as to the progress of his comedy that he had finished it, not having yet written a single line, because he had constructed the action of it in his mind. A modern critic would have assured him that the merit of his piece depended on the brilliant things which arose under his pen as he went along.
Page 295 - These other excellences were his fundamental excellences as a poet ; what distinguishes the artist from the mere amateur, says Goethe, is Architectonic^ in the highest sense ; that power of execution, which creates, forms, and constitutes : not the profoundness of single thoughts, not the richness of imagery, not the abundance of illustration.
Page 11 - I must say from all accounts, and my own observations, that the state of our fellow-countrymen in the parts I have named is worse than that of any people in the world, let alone Europe. I believe that these people are made as we are, that they are patient beyond belief, loyal, but at the same time broken-spirited and desperate, living on the verge of starvation in places where we would not keep our cattle.
Page 10 - Out of every corner of the woods and glens they came creeping forth upon their hands, for their legs could not bear them ; they looked like anatomies of death ; they spake like ghosts crying out of their graves...
Page 5 - I did not obey your instructions ! No, I conformed to the instructions of truth and nature, and maintained your interest against your opinions with a constancy that became me. A representative worthy of you ought to be a person of stability.

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