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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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Areopagitica

John Milton - Philosophy - 2006 - 80 pages
...not absolutely dead things, but do contain a progeny 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. And yet on the other...
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Forbidden Words: Taboo and the Censoring of Language

Keith Allan, Kate Burridge - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2006
...active as that soule was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a violl the purest efficacie and extraction of that living intellect that bred...fabulous Dragons teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. (Milton 1644: 4) Milton suggests that books do purvey ideas; but they...
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The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know

Diane Ravitch - Literary Collections - 2006 - 486 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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Versions of Censorship

John McCormick, Mairi MacInnes - Political Science - 2006 - 374 pages
...active as that soule was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a violl the purest efficacie and extraction of that living intellect that bred...as vigorously productive, as those fabulous Dragons teeth;3 and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. And yet on the other hand unlesse...
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Forme della censura

Massimiliano Morini, Romana Zacchi - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 201 pages
...disposizioni censorie in vigore in virtł dell'Atto del 1643. La dinastia Stuart, restaurata nel 1660 dopo la «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 vial the purest efficacy and extraction of...
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Burning Books

Haig A. Bosmajian - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 233 pages
...authors' presence in it bibliophiles have instilled life into the book. As John Milton put it: "[F] or 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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Augustine and Literature

Robert Peter Kennedy, Kim Paffenroth, John Doody - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 414 pages
...as well, testing and refining toward a clearer truth. Surely Augustine would agree with Milton that "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,"2 and in their books their relationship remains vital — that is, alive...
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The English Civil War: Papists, Gentlewomen, Soldiers, and Witchfinders in ...

Diane Purkiss - History - 2009 - 680 pages
...speaking about human liberty. What also shines out is Milton's passion for books: books, he writes, '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 ... As good almost kill a man as kill a good book.' As for books' power...
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Reformed Theology: Identity and Ecumenicity II : Biblical ..., Volume 2

Wallace M. Alston, Michael Welker - Religion - 2007 - 457 pages
...One cannot violate (or manipulate) a book, just as one cannot violate another person, as he explains: For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain...extraction of that living intellect that bred them. ... [It is] as good almost kill a man as kill a good book: who kills a man kills a reasonable creature,...
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Toward Spiritual Sovereignty: A Secular Bible

John W. Casperson - Body, Mind & Spirit - 2007 - 252 pages
...Best Self and you will hear it say: We are all one." "For books are not absolutely dead things, but... do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction...fabulous Dragons teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. And yet on the other hand unless warriors be used as good almost kill...
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