Heroes and Hero-worship

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Chapman and Hall, 1869 - 303 頁
 

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第 3 頁 - They were the leaders of men, these great ones ; the modellers, patterns, and in a wide sense creators, of whatsoever the general mass of men contrived to do or to attain ; all things that we see standing accomplished in the world are properly the outer material result, the practical realization and embodiment, of Thoughts that dwelt in the Great Men sent into the world : the soul of the whole world's history, it may justly be considered, were the history of these.
第 11 頁 - We call that fire of the black thunder-cloud ' electricity,' and lecture learnedly about it, and grind the like of it out of glass and silk: but what is it ? What made it ? Whence comes it ? Whither goes it ? Science has done much for us ; but it is a poor science that would hide from us the great deep sacred infinitude of Nescience, whither we can never penetrate, on which all science swims as a mere superficial film. This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle ; wonderful,...
第 98 頁 - A musical thought is one spoken by a mind that has penetrated into the inmost heart of the thing; detected the inmost mystery of it, namely the melody that lies hidden in it; the inward harmony of coherence which is its soul, whereby it exists, and has a right to be, here in this world.
第 133 頁 - ... really more valuable in that point of view than any other means or appliance whatsoever? We can fancy him as radiant aloft over all the Nations of Englishmen, a thousand years hence.
第 95 頁 - Vates means both Prophet and Poet : and indeed at all times, Prophet and Poet, well understood, have much kindred of meaning. Fundamentally indeed they are still the same ; in this most important respect especially, That they have penetrated' both of them into the sacred mystery of the Universe; what Goethe calls 'the open secret.
第 11 頁 - Force, Force, everywhere Force ; we ourselves a mysterious Force in the centre of that. " There is not a leaf rotting on the highway but has Force in it: how else could it rot?
第 17 頁 - No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.
第 226 頁 - Burns, still only in his twenty-seventh year, is no longer even a ploughman; he is flying to the West Indies to escape disgrace and a jail. This month he is a ruined peasant, his wages seven pounds a year, and these gone from him : next month he is in the blaze of rank and beauty, handing down jewelled Duchesses to dinner; the cynosure of all eyes ! Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man ; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
第 110 頁 - Latini, with the cotto aspetto, 'face baked,' parched brown and lean; and the 'fiery snow,' that falls on them there, a 'fiery snow without wind,' slow, deliberate, never-ending! Or the lids of those Tombs; square sarcophaguses, in that silent dim-burning Hall, each with its Soul in torment; the lids laid open there; they are to be shut at the Day of Judgment, through Eternity. And how Farinata rises; and how Cavalcante falls — at hearing of his Son, and the past tense 'fue'l The very movements...
第 159 頁 - by proofs of Scripture, or else by plain just arguments: I cannot recant otherwise. For it is neither safe nor prudent to do aught against conscience. Here stand I ; I can do no other: God assist me!

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