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" ... books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.... "
Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay: With Indexes. Authors, 544 ... - Page 83
by Samuel Austin Allibone - 1880 - 764 pages
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Radical Religion from Shakespeare to Milton: Figures of Nonconformity in ...

Kristen Poole - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 288 pages
...spawning ideas: "For books . . . contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in...lively and as vigorously productive as those fabulous dragon's teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men" (720). Where antisectarian...
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Pamphlets of Protest: An Anthology of Early African-American Protest ...

Richard Newman, Patrick Rael, Phillip Lapsansky - History - 2001 - 326 pages
...the office of books, to produce these grand results. "For books," to use the lofty periods of Milton, "are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a...them, to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are—nay, they do preserve, as in a vial, the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect...
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Liberty: Its Meaning and Scope

Mordecai Roshwald - Philosophy - 2000 - 204 pages
...characteristically lofty language by John Milton in his defense of liberty from censorship of the printed word: "For Books are not absolutely dead things, but do...potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of...
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A Short History of Europe, 1600-1815: Search for a Reasonable World

Lisa Rosner, Professor Lisa Rosner, John Theibault - History - 2000 - 450 pages
...Church and Commonwealth, to have a vigilant eye how Books demean themselves, as well as men. . . . For Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain...potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are — And yet on the other hand unless wariness be used, as good almost kill...
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Osler's "a Way of Life" and Other Addresses, with Commentary and Annotations

Sir William Osler - Medical - 2001 - 378 pages
...human compacts, and without them grave judgments may not be propounded. RICHARD DE BURY, Philobiblon For Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain...potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of...
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Dictionary of Literary and Dramatic Censorship in Tudor and Stuart England

Dorothy Auchter - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2001 - 403 pages
...through which to consider the writers, the censors, and the government leaders presented in this book: For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain...potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of...
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Guilty Creatures : Renaissance Poetry and the Ethics of Authorship ...

Dennis Kezar Assistant Professor of English Vanderbilt University - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 280 pages
...as well as men; and thereafter to confine, imprison and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors; for books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain...potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of...
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Philosophical and Theological Opinions

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 2001
...well as men ; and thereafter to confine, imprison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors. For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain...potency of life in them to be as active as* that soul was whose progeny they are ; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction...
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The Author's Due: Printing and the Prehistory of Copyright

Joseph Loewenstein - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2010 - 360 pages
...not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as the soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in...extraction of that living intellect that bred them"; the encounters in Chancery in the thirties strengthen this potency by endowing it with legal as well...
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Justifying Belief: Stanley Fish and the Work of Rhetoric

Gary A. Olson - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 178 pages
...2 1 For Stanley and Jane who have contributed immeasurably to the intellectual life of the academy Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain...potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of...
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