The main action of all such minds must evidently be as independent of the will as is the life in a plant or a tree and, as they are but different results of the same great vital energy in nature, we cannot but feel that the works of genius are as much a growth as are the productions of the material world.
More Quotes from Jones Very:The poets of the present day who would raise the epic song cry out, like Archimedes of old, give us a place to stand on and we will move the world. This is, as we conceive, the true difficulty.
From the wrestling of his own soul with the great enemy, comes that depth and mystery which startles us in Hamlet.
It is not to the softer and more perishable parts of his massy mind, I would direct my attention but to those veins of a primitive formation, which, now that time has loosened and removed all else, still stand out as the iron frame work of his being.
These are matters of external history. They are indeed prominent objects, often changing and giving a new direction to the current; but they tell us not why it flows onward and will ever flow.
IT is pleasing to frequent the places from which the feet of those whom this world calls great have passed away, to see the same groves and streams that they saw, to hear the same sabbath bells, to linger beneath the roof under which they lived, and be shaded by the same tree which shaded them.
Often and often must he have thought, that, to be or not to be forever, was a question, which must be settled; as it is the foundation, and the only foundation upon which we feel that there can rest one thought, one feeling, or one purpose worthy of a human soul.
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