Commerce, Literature and Art: A Discourse

J. Murphy, 1848 - 52 páginas

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Página 13 - ... vanity. But there is also a moral and philosophical respect for our ancestors, which elevates the character and improves the heart. Next to the sense of religious duty and moral feeling, I hardly know what should bear with stronger obligation on a liberal and enlightened mind than a consciousness of alliance with excellence which...
Página 13 - ... future. Neither the point of time nor the spot of earth, in which we physically live, bounds our rational and intellectual enjoyments. We live in the past by a knowledge of its history, and in the future by hope and anticipation. By ascending to an association with our ancestors ; by contemplating their example and studying their character ; by partaking...
Página 13 - There may be, and there often is, indeed, a regard for ancestry, which nourishes only a weak pride; as there is also a care for posterity, which only disguises an habitual avarice, or hides the workings of a low and groveling vanity. But there is also a moral and philosophical respect for our ancestors, which elevates the character and improves the heart.
Página 8 - All his wealth is in paper, — paper like bad scrip, marked with a high nominal amount, but useless in exchange and repudiated in real traffic. The great scholar is often an intellectual miser, who expends the spiritual energy that might make him a hero, upon the detection of a wrong dot, a false syllable, or an inaccurate word.
Página 12 - History is the biography of nations. It contains the germ of the future sown in the soil of the past. It is a solemn lesson of political, personal and national experience.
Página 13 - ... a disregard of our forefathers seems to be an actual courting of oblivion for ourselves, — a clear intimation to those who come after, that they are neither to reverence our example nor to be warned by our errors.
Página 5 - Cicero would have been Cicero had he never been consul. Place gave nothing to him but the chance to save his country. It can bestow no fame ; for fame is won by the qualities that should win place; whilst place is too often won by the tricks that should condemn the practicer.
Página 15 - They become receptacles of fact, into which the honest and industrious student may freely come and carefully collate the discordant materials that have been accumulated, with commendable industry, for future use.
Página 23 - ... all they were to dread and all they were to hope. In Rome, nay, throughout Italy, art is a religion, and painters are a hieroglyphic priesthood, inspired by heaven and divine by that inspiration. The monk preaches from the pulpit with temporary unction, while the painter preaches forever from the walls and canvass of church or chapel! The one is a temporal teacher whose ministry passes with his life ; the other is an orator, eloquent during all time. The one is a minister, with all the frailties...

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