I also became a poet, and for one year lived in a Paradise of my own creation; I imagined that I also might obtain a niche in the temple where the names of Homer and Shakespeare are consecrated.
Polluted by crimes, and torn by the bitterest remorse, where can I find rest but in death?
I was new to sorrow, but it did not the less alarm me.
The world was to me a secret which I desired to devine.
Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be his world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.
Yet from whom has not that rude hand rent away some dear connexion; and why should I describe a sorrow which all have felt, and must feel? The time at length arrives, when grief is rather an indulgence than a necessity; and the smile that plays upon the lips, although it may be deemed a sacrilege, is not banished.
A mind of moderate capacity which closely pursues one study must infallibly arrive at great proficiency in that study.
A miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself.
Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?
Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.
But he found that a traveller's life is one that includes much pain amidst its enjoyments. His feelings are for ever on the stretch; and when he begins to sink into repose, he finds himself obliged to quit that on which he rests in pleasure for something new, which again engages his attention, and which also he forsakes for other novelties.
But soon, I shall die, and what I now feel be no longer felt. Soon these burning miseries will be extinct.
Continue for the present to write to me by every opportunity: I may receive your letters on some occasions when I need them most to support my spirits.
Devil, do you dare approach me? and do you not fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head?
Do I not deserve an acomplish of some great purpose? ... I prefer glory to every enticement than wealth placed in my path.
Even broken in spirit as he is, no one can feel more deeply than he does the beauties of nature. The starry sky, the sea, and every sight afforded by these wonderful regions, seems still to have the power of elevating his soul from earth. Such a man has a double existence: he may suffer misery, and be overwhelmed by disappointments; yet, when he has retired into himself, he will be like a celestial spirit that has a halo around him, within whose circle no grief or folly ventures.
Even where the affections are not strongly moved by any superior excellence, the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain. They know our infantine dispositions, which, however they may be afterwards modified, are never eradicated; and they can judge of our actions with more certain conclusions as to the integrity of our motives.
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