The Growth of Sartor Resartus

Trustees of Tufts college, 1899 - 29 páginas

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Página 35 - ... What wonderful accessions have thus been made, and are still making, to the physical power of mankind ; how much better fed, clothed, lodged, and, in all outward respects, accommodated, men now are, or might be, by a given quantity of labour, is a grateful reflection which forces itself on every one. What changes, too, this addition of power is introducing into the social system ; how wealth has more and more increased, and at the same time gathered itself more and more into masses, strangely...
Página 5 - The style and structure of the book appear alike incomprehensible. The narrative is every now and then suspended to make way for some " Extra-leaf," some wild digression upon any subject but the one in hand ; the language groans with indescribable metaphors and allusions to all things human and divine; flowing onward, not like a river, but like an inundation ; circling in complex eddies, chafing and gurgling now this way, now that, till the proper current sinks out of view amid the boundless uproar.
Página 29 - This Idea, be it of devotion to a man or class of men, to a creed, to an institution, or even, as in more ancient times, to a piece of land, is ever a true Loyalty ; has in it something of a religious, paramount, quite infinite character ; it is properly the Soul of the State, its Life; mysterious as other forms of Life, and like these working secretly, and in a depth beyond that of consciousness.
Página 32 - The fever of Scepticism must needs burn itself out, and burn out thereby the Impurities that caused it; then again will there be clearness, health. The principle of life, which now struggles painfully, in the outer, thin and barren domain of the Conscious or Mechanical, may then withdraw into its inner sanctuaries, its abysses of mystery and miracle; withdraw deeper than ever into that domain of the Unconscious, by nature infinite and inexhaustible; and that creatively work there.
Página 23 - Time, and therefore of Mortality and Mutability ; yet Time itself reposes on Eternity; the truly Great and Transcendental has its basis and substance in Eternity: stands revealed to us as Eternity in a vesture of Time. Thus in all Poetry, Worship, Art, Society, as one form passes into another, nothing is lost: it is but the superficial, as it were the body only, that grows obsolete and dies; under the mortal body lies a soul which is immortal; which anew incarnates itself in fairer revelation; and...
Página 24 - In the poorest cottage are Books ; is one BOOK, wherein for several thousands of years the spirit of man has found light, and nourishment, and an interpreting response to whatever is Deepest in him ; wherein still, to this day, for the eye that will look well, the Mystery of Existence reflects itself, if not resolved, yet revealed, and prophetically emblemed ; if not to the satisfying of the outward sense, yet to the opening of the inward sense, which is the far grander result.
Página 14 - Rudiments of an Epic, we say; and of the true Epic of our Time, — were the genius but arrived that could sing it ! Not " Arms and the Man; " "Tools and the Man," that were now our Epic. What indeed are Tools, from the Hammer and Plummet of Enoch Wray to this Pen we now write with, but Arms, wherewith to do battle against UNREASON...
Página 27 - Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Página 21 - ... psalm from the heart of Man to his invisible Father, the fountain of all Goodness, Beauty, Truth, and revealed in every revelation of these ; but for the most part, a wise prudential feeling grounded on mere calculation ; a matter, as all others now are, of Expediency and Utility...
Página 35 - Bozzy their supper of the gods has long since pocketed his last sixpence; and vanished, sixpences and all, like a ghost at cock-crowing. The Bottles they drank out of are all broken, the Chairs they sat on all rotted and burnt; the very Knives and Forks they ate with have rusted to the heart, and become brown, oxide of iron, and mingled with the indiscriminate clay.

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