The Art of Living

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. New York, 1843 - 144 pagini
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Pagina 85 - First follow Nature, and your judgment frame By her just standard, which is still the same: Unerring Nature, still divinely bright, One clear, unchanged, and universal light, Life, force, and beauty, must to all impart, At once the source, and end, and test of Art. Art from that fund each just supply provides; Works without show, and without pomp presides: In some fair body thus th...
Pagina 15 - What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more. Sure he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and god-like reason To fust in us unus'd.
Pagina 46 - ... that for the efficient management of your common interests, in a country so extensive as ours, a government of as much vigor as is consistent with the perfect security of liberty, is indispensable. Liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian.
Pagina 46 - Liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian. It is, indeed, little else than a name...
Pagina 35 - The gods, in bounty, work up storms about us, That give mankind occasion to exert Their hidden strength, and throw out into practice Virtues, which shun the day, and lie conceal'd In the smooth seasons and the calms of life.
Pagina 11 - delights have violent 'ends, And in their triumph 'die ! like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss, 'consume. The sweetest honey Is loathsome in its own 'deliciousness, And in the taste confounds the appetite ; Therefore, love 'moderately ; 'long love doth so ; Too 'swift arrives as tardy as too 'slow.
Pagina 87 - The good and the wise of all ages have enjoyed their purest and most innocent pleasures in a garden, from the beginning of time, when the father of mankind was created, until, in the fulness of years, HE, who often delighted in a garden, was at last buried in it.
Pagina 87 - The pleasure which is enjoyed from the contemplation of what we have planned and executed ourselves, is also infinitely greater than the pleasure which can be experienced by seeing the finest works belonging to, and planned by, another. For our own work is endeared to us by the difficulties we have met with and conquered at every step ; and every such step has its history, and recals a train of interesting recollections connected with it.
Pagina 86 - ... purpose ; the carrying of a weight from one point to another and back again ; or the taking of a walk without any object in view, but the negative one of preserving health. Thus, it is not only a condition of our nature, that, in order to secure health and cheerfulness, we must labour ; but we must also labour in such a way as to produce something useful or agreeable. Now, of the different kinds of useful things produced by labour, those things, surely, which are living beings, and which grow...
Pagina 86 - ... grow and undergo changes before our eyes, must be more productive of enjoyment than such as are mere brute matter; the kind of labour, and other circumstances, being the same. Hence, a man who plants a hedge, or sows a grassplot in his garden, lays a more certain foundation for enjoyment, than he who builds a wall or lays down a gravel walk; and, hence, the enjoyment of a citizen whose recreation, at his suburban residence, consists in working in his garden must be higher in the scale, than that...

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