The life of John Sterling

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Page 28 - Come one, come all ! this rock shall fly From its firm base as soon as I.
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Page 78 - Good also to do what you can with old Churches and practical Symbols of the Noble: nay quit not the burnt ruins of them while you find there is still gold to be dug there. But, on the whole, do not think you can, by logical alchymy, distil astral spirits from them; or if you could, that said astral spirits, or defunct logical phantasms, could serve you in anything. What the light of your mind, which is the direct inspiration of the Almighty, pronounces incredible, — that, in God's name, leave uncredited;...
Page 306 - If I do not offer the expressions of personal gratitude, it is because I feel that such expressions would do injustice to the character of a support which was given exclusively on the highest and most independent grounds of public principle. I can say this with perfect truth, as I am addressing one whose person even is unknown to me, and who during my tenure of Power studiously avoided every species of intercourse which could throw a suspicion upon the motives by which he was actuated. I should,...
Page 78 - To the man himself Nature had given, in high measure, the seeds of a noble endowment ; and to unfold it had been forbidden him. A subtle lynx-eyed intellect, tremulous pious sensibility to all good and all beautiful ; truly a ray of empyrean light ; — but embedded in such weak laxity of character, in such indolences and esuriences as had made strange work with it. Once more, the tragic story of a high endowment with an insufficient will.
Page 71 - Here for hours would Coleridge talk, concerning all conceivable or inconceivable things ; and liked nothing better than to have an intelligent, or failing that, even a silent and patient human listener. He distinguished himself to all that ever heard him as at least the most surprising talker extant in this world — and to some small minority, by no means to all, as the most excellent.
Page 75 - ... one burst of noble indignation at some injustice or depravity, rubbing elbows with us on this solid Earth, how strange would it have been in that Kantean haze-world, and how infinitely cheering amid its vacant air-castles and dim-melting ghosts and shadows! None such ever came. His life had been an abstract thinking and dreaming, idealistic, passed amid the ghosts of defunct bodies and of unborn ones. The moaning singsong of that theosophico-metaphysical monotony left on you, at last, a very...
Page 307 - could throw a suspicion upon the motives by which he ' was actuated. I should, however, be doing injustice ' to my own feelings, if I were to retire from Office ' without one word of acknowledgment ; without at ' least assuring you of the admiration with which I...
Page 76 - Men's souls were blinded, hebetated ; sunk under the influence of Atheism and Materialism, and Hume and Voltaire : the world for the present was as an extinct world, deserted of God, and incapable of welldoing till it changed its heart and spirit.

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