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Página 326 - For 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.
Página 326 - Dragon's teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. And yet, on the other hand, unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book: Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.
Página 326 - I deny not, but that it is of greatest concernment in the Church and Commonwealth, to have a vigilant eye how books demean themselves as well as men; and thereafter to confine, imprison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors.
Página 259 - To pass from theological and philosophical truth to the truth of civil business, it will be acknowledged, even by those that practise it not, that clear and round dealing is the honour of man's nature, and that mixture of falsehood is like alloy in coin of gold and silver, which may make the metal work the better, but it embaseth it...
Página 374 - Some say the Pilgrim's Progress is not mine, Insinuating as if I would shine In name and fame by the worth of another, Like some made rich by robbing of their brother ; Or that so fond I am of being Sire, I'll father bastards ; or, if need require, .'. * I'll tell a lye in print, to get applause.— I scorn it ; John such dirt-heap never was, Since God converted him.
Página 261 - Of all that is most beauteous, imaged there In happier beauty ; more pellucid streams, An ampler ether, a diviner air, And fields invested with purpureal gleams ; Climes which the sun, who sheds the brightest day Earth knows, is all unworthy to survey. Yet there the soul shall enter which hath earned That privilege by virtue.
Página 569 - MOST men know love but as a part of life ; They hide it in some corner of the breast, Even from themselves ; and only when they rest In the brief pauses of that daily strife, Wherewith the world might else be not so rife, They draw it forth (as one draws forth a toy To soothe some ardent, kiss-exacting boy) And hold it up to sister, child, or wife. Ah me ! why may not love and life be one ? Why walk we thus alone, when by our side, Love, like a visible God, might be our guide ? How would the marts...
Página 87 - We are Lilies fair, The flower of virgin light ; Nature held us forth, and said, " Lo ! my thoughts of white." Ever since then, angels Hold us in their hands ; You may see them where they take In pictures their sweet stands. Like the garden's angels Also do we seem, And not the less for being crown'd With a golden dream.
Página 387 - Blessed are the meek ; for they shall inherit the earth. " Blessed are the merciful ; for they shall obtain mercy.
Página 445 - God made both tears and laughter, and both for kind purposes. For as laughter enables mirth and surprise to breathe freely, so tears enable sorrow to vent itself patiently. Tears hinder sorrow from becoming despair and madness; and laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.