“The” Works of Thomas De Quincey: The art of conversation

A. & C. Black, 1863

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Sivu 198 - O mighty poet! - Thy works are not as those of other men, simply and merely great works of art; but are also like the phenomena of nature, like the sun and the sea, the stars and the flowers, like frost and snow, rain and dew, hail-storm and thunder, which are to be studied with entire submission of our own faculties, and in the perfect faith that in them there can be no too much or too little, nothing useless or inert - but that, the further we press in our discoveries, the more we shall see proofs...
Sivu 104 - It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD : therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him. 27. And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him.
Sivu 173 - This is a shocking anomaly in the code of French good taste as applied to conversation. Of all the bores whom man in his folly hesitates to hang, and heaven in its mysterious wisdom suffers to propagate their species, the most insufferable is the teller of "good stories...
Sivu 21 - Ipyov (or business), and literature as a irapepyov (an accessary, or mere by-business), how far is literature itself likely to benefit by such an arrangement ? Mr. Coleridge insists upon it that it will ; and at page 225 he alleges seven names, to which at page 233 he adds an eighth, of celebrated men who have " shown the possibility of combining weighty performances in literature with full and independent employment.
Sivu 146 - The earth is every day overspread with the veil of night for the same reason as the cages of birds are darkened — viz., that we may the more readily apprehend the higher harmonies of thought in the hush and quiet of darkness. Thoughts, which day turns into smoke and mist, stand about us in the night as lights and flames : even as the column which fluctuates above the crater of Vesuvius, in the daytime appears a pillar of cloud, but by night a pillar of fire.
Sivu 142 - Thou speakest of things which throughout my endless life I have found not, and shall not find ! ' He was unhappy at the remembrance of earthly affections and dissevered hearts : for love is a plant which may bud in this life, but it must flourish in another. He was unhappy under the glorious spectacle of the starry host, and ejaculated for ever in his heart — 'So then . I am parted from you to all eternity by an impassable abyss : the great universe of suns is above, below, and round about me :...
Sivu 104 - And comforted his private days. To his side the Fallow-deer Came, and rested without fear ; The Eagle, Lord of land and sea, Stoop'd down to pay him fealty...
Sivu 145 - When thou forgivest, the man who has pierced thy heart stands to thee in the relation of the sea-worm that perforates the shell of the mussel, which straightway closes the wound with a pearl.
Sivu 142 - ... glittering jewellery, in the heavens ; and the clownish foot tramples on them no more. By this, my child, thou art taught that what withers upon earth blooms again in heaven." Thus the father spoke, and knew not that he spoke prefiguring words ; for soon after the delicate child, with the morning brightness of his early wisdom, was exhaled like a dew-drop into heaven.
Sivu 193 - ... of two walls standing at right angles to each other, or the appearance of the houses on each side of a street, as seen by a person looking down the street from one extremity. Now in all cases, unless the person has happened to observe in pictures how it is that artists produce these effects, he will be utterly unable to make the smallest approximation to it. Yet why ? For he has actually seen the effect every day of his life. The reason is — that he allows his understanding to overrule his...

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