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a purely voluptuous dream of beautiful beings in perpetual movement, beneath the laughter of morning light, in a world of never-failing April hues. When he attempts to depart from the fairyland of which he was the Prospero, and to match himself with the master of sublime thought or earnest passion, he proves his weakness. But within his own magic circle he reigns supreme, no other artist having blended the witcheries of coloring, chiaroscuro and faunlike loveliness of form into a harmony so perfect in its sensuous charm.
Bewitched by the strains of the siren we pardon affectations of expression, emptiness of meaning, feebleness of composition, exaggerated and melodramatic attitudes In that which is truly his own-the delineation of a transient moment in the life of sensuous beauty, the painting of a smile on Nature's face, when light and color tremble in harmony with the movement of joyous living creatures-none can approach Correggio. John Addington Symonds.
RIESTS look backward, not forwards. They think that there were once men better and wiser than those who now live, therefore priests distrust the living and insist that we shall be governed by the dead. I believe this is an error, and hence I set myself against the Church and insist that men shall have the right to work out their lives in their own way, always allowing to others the right to work out their lives in their own way, too. -Garibaldi.
Every war is a national calamity whether victorious or not.-Gen. Von. Moltke.
ITIAN by a few strokes of the brush knew how to make the general image and character of whatever object he attempted. His great care was to preserve the masses of light and of shade, and to give by opposition the idea of that solidity which is inseparable from natural objects. He was the greatest of the Venetians and deserves to rank with Raphael and Michelangelo. -Sir Joshua Reynolds.
HE eyes and the mouth are the supremely significant features of the human face. In Rembrandt's portraits the eye is the center wherein life, in its infinity of aspect, is most manifest. Not only was his fidelity absolute, but there is a certain mysterious limpidity of gaze that reveals the soul of the sitters A "Rembrandt " does not give up its beauties to the casual observer it takes time to know it, but once known, it is yours forever. -Emile Michel.
The Vice of our Theology is seen in the claim that the Bible is a Closed Book and that the Age of Inspiration is Past. -Emerson.
OME have narrowed their minds, and so fettered them with the chains of antiquity that not only do they refuse to speak save as the ancients spake, but they refuse to think save as the ancients thought. God speaks to us, too, and the best thoughts are those now being vouchsafed to us. We will excel the ancients!-Savonarola.
The record of a generous life runs like a vine around the memory of our dead, and every sweet, unselfish act is now a perfumed flower.-Robert G. Ingersoll.
IT is a happy and striking way of expressing a thought.
It is not often, though it be lively and mantling, that it carries a great body with it.
Wit, therefore, is fitter for diversion than business, being more grateful to fancy than judgment.
Less judgment than wit, is more sail than ballast.
Yet it must be confessed that wit gives an edge to sense, and recommends it extremely se de Where judgment has wit to express it, there is the best orator.
You can never have a greater or a less dominion than that over yourself.
-Leonardo da Vinci.
Brother, listen to what we say.There was a time when our forefathers owned this great island. Their seats extended from the rising to the setting sun. The Great Spirit had made it for the use of Indians. He had created the buffalo, the deer, and other animals for food. He had made the bear and the beaver. Their skins served us for clothing. He had scattered them over the country and taught us how to take them. He had caused the earth to produce corn for bread. All this He had done for His red children because He loved them. If we had some disputes about our hunting-ground they were generally settled without the shedding of much blood.
But an evil day came upon us se Your forefathers crossed the great water and landed on this island. Their numbers were small. They found friends and not
enemies. They told us they had fled from their own country for fear of wicked men and had come here to enjoy their religion. They asked for a small seat > We took pity on them, granted their request, and they sat down among us. We gave them corn and meat; they gave us poison in return de
The white people, brother, had now found our country. Tidings were carried back and more came among us. Yet we did not fear them so We took them to be friends. They called us brothers. We believed them and gave them a larger seat. At length their numbers had greatly increased. They wanted more land; they wanted our country Our eyes were opened and our minds became uneasy. Wars took place, Indians were hired to fight against Indians, and many of our people were destroyed.They also brought strong liquor among us. It was strong and powerful, and has slain thousands.
Brother, our seats were once large and yours were small. You have now become a great people, and we have scarcely a place left to spread our blankets. You have got our country, but are not yet satisfied; you want to force your religion upon us.
Brother, continue to listen. You say that you are sent to instruct us how to worship the Great Spirit agreeably to His mind; and, if we do not take hold of the religion which you white people teach, we shall be unhappy hereafter. You say that you are right and we are lost. How do we know this to be true? We understand that your religion is written in a Book. If it was intended for us, as well as you, why has not the Great Spirit given to us, and not only to us, but why did He not give to our forefathers the knowledge of that Book, with the means of understanding it rightly? We only know what you tell us about it. How shall we know when to believe, being so often deceived by the white people?
Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book?
Brother, we do not understand these things. We are told that your religion was given to your forefathers and has been handed down from father to son. We also have a religion which was given our forefathers and has been handed down to us, their children. We worship in our way. It teaches us to be thankful for all the favors we receive, to love each other, and to be united.
We never quarrel about religion. Brother, the Great Spirit has made us all, but He has made a great difference between His white and His red children. He has given us different complexions and different customs.
you collect money from the meeting. I can not tell what this money was intended for, but suppose that it was for your minister; and, if we should conform to your way of thinking, perhaps you may want some from us. Brother, we are told that you have been preaching to the white people in this places. These people are our neighbors. We are acquainted with them. We will wait
a little while and see what effect your preaching has upon them. If we find it does them good, makes them honest, and less disposed to cheat Indians, we will consider again of what you have said. Brother you have now heard our answer to your talk, and this is all we have to say at present. As we are going to part, we will come and take you by the hand, and hope the Great Spirit will protect you on your journey and return you safe to your friends.
-Red Jacket. (Reply to a Missionary who had spoken about his Mission among the Seneca Indians.)
They made the chamber sweet with flowers and leaves,
And the bed sweet with flowers on which
I did not hear the birds about the eaves, Nor hear the reapers talk among the
Only my soul kept watch from day to day, My thirsty soul kept watch for one away:Perhaps he loves, I thought, remembers, grieves.
At length there came the step upon the stair,
Upon the lock the old familiar hand:
To you He has given the arts. To these He has not opened our eyes We know these things to be true. Since He has made so great a difference between us in other things, why may we not conclude that He has given us a different religion according to our understanding?
The Great Spirit does rights He knows what is best for His children; we aresatisfied. ¶Brother, we do not wish to destroy your religion or take it from you. We only want to enjoy our own.
Brother, you say you have not come to get our lands or our money, but to enlighten our minds. I will now tell you that I have been at your meetings and saw
I wish I could remember the first day, First hour, first moment of your meeting
If bright or dim the season, it might be
If only now I could recall that touch, First touch of hand in hand-Did one but know!
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HE Public Health is the foundation upon which rests the happiness of the people and the welfare of the nation. The care of the Public Health is the first duty of the statesman.
OW many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. The book exists for us perchance which will explain our miracles and
reveal new ones ›☛ The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered. These same questions that disturb and puzzle and confound us have in their turn occurred to all the wise men; not one has been omitted; and each has answered them according to his ability, by his word and his life. Moreover, with wisdom we shall learn liberality.The solitary hired man on farm in the outskirts of Concord, who has had his second birth and peculiar religious experience, and is drivenashe believes into silent gravity and exclusiveness by his faith may think it is not true; but Zoroaster, thousands of years ago, traveled the same road and had the same experience; but he, being wise, knew it to be universal, and treated his neighbors accordingly, and is even said to have invented, and established worship among men. Let him humbly commune with Zoroaster then, and through the liberalizing influence of all the worthies, with Jesus Christ himself, and let our church go by the board."
Remember me when I am gone away,
We boast that we belong to the nineteenth century and are making the most rapid strides of any nation. But consider how little this village does for its own culture. I do not wish to flatter my towns
Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay.
O earth, lie heavily upon her eyes;
Lie close around her; leave no room for
With its harsh laughter, nor for sound of sighs.
She hath no questions, she hath no replies. Hushed in and curtained with a blessed dearth
Of all that irked her from the hour of birth;
With stillness that is almost Paradise.
Darkness more clear than noonday holdeth
Silence more musical than any song;
Sonnets," by Christina Georgina Rossetti
men, nor to be flattered by them, for that will not advance either of us. We need to be provoked goaded like oxen, as we are, into a trots We have a comparatively decent sys
tem of common schools, schools for infants only; but excepting the halfstarved Lyceum in the winter, and latterly the puny beginning of a library suggested by the state, no school for ourselves We spend more on almost any article of bodily aliment or ailment than on our mental
their elder inhabitants the fellows of universities, with leisure-if they are indeed so well offto pursue liberal
studies the rest of their lives. Shall the world be confined to one Paris or one Oxford forever? Can not students be boarded here and get a liberal education under the skies of Concord? Can we not hire some Abelard to lecture to us? Alas! what with foddering the cattle and
tending the store, we are kept from school too long, and our education is sadly neglected In this country, the village should in some respects take the place of the nobleman of Europe It should be the patron of fine arts. It is rich enough. It wants only the magnanimity and refinement. It can spend money enough on such things as farmers and traders value, but it is thought Utopian to propose spending money for things which more intelligent men know to be of far more worth.
-Henry David Thoreau.
Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and, following them, you reach your destiny.-Carl Schurz.
Freedom is alone the unoriginated birthright of man; it belongs to him by force of his humanity, and is in dependence on the will and creation of every other, in so far as this consists with every other person's freedom.-Kant.
F any pilgrim monk come from dis
tant parts, if with wish as a guest to dwell in the monastery, and will be content with the customs which he finds in the place, and do not perchance by his lavishness disturb the monastery, but is simply content with what he finds: he shall be received, for as long a time as he desires. If, indeed, he find fault with anything, or expose it, reasonably, and with the humility of charity, the Abbot shall discuss it prudently, lest perchance God had sent for this very thing. But, if he have been found gossipy and contumacious in the time of his sojourn as guest, not only ought he not to be joined to the body of the monastery, but also it shall be said to him, honestly, that he must depart. If he does not go, let two stout monks, in the name of God, explain the matter to him.-St. Benedict.
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. -James Russell Lowell.
$ S to Vaucluse, I well know the beauties of that charming valley, and ten years' residence is proof of my affection for the place. I have shown my love of it by the house which I built there. There I began my article "Africa," there I wrote the greater part of my epistles in prose and verse. At Vaucluse I conceived the first idea of giving an epitome of the Lives of Illustrious Men, and there I wrote my treatise on a Solitary Life, as well as that on religious retirement. It was there, also, that I sought to moderate my passion for Laura, which, alas, solitude only cherished. And so this lonely valley will be forever sacred to my recollections.