Thomas De Quincey's Relation to German Literature and Philosophy

Universitäts-buchdruckerei von J.H.E. Heitz, 1900 - 136 sider
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Side 94 - ... built up triumphal gates, whose architraves, whose archways — horizontal, upright — rested, rose — at altitudes, by spans — that seemed ghostly from infinitude. Without measure were the architraves, past number were the archways, beyond memory the gates. Within were stairs that scaled the eternities...
Side 106 - Walladmor. Freely Translated into German from the English of Sir Walter Scott, and now freely Translated from the German into English. 2 vols.
Side 108 - This will be the more reasonable in him, as the critics will "feel it their duty" (oh ! of course, "their duty") to take the very opposite course. However, if he reads German, my German Walladmor is at his service, and he can judge for himself. Not reading German, let him take my word, when I apply to the English Walladmor the spirit of the old bull — " Had you seen but these roads before they were made, You would lift up your eyes, and bless Marshal "Wade.
Side 86 - ... might best be studied. From him might be derived the largest number of cases, illustrating boldly this absorption of the universal into the concrete — of the pure intellect into the human nature of the author. But nowhere could illustrations be found more interesting — shy, delicate, evanescent — shy as lightning, delicate and evanescent as the colored pencillings on a frosty night from the northern lights, than in the better parts of Lamb.
Side 90 - It was a wind that might have swept the fields of mortality for a thousand centuries. Many times since, upon summer days, when the sun is about the hottest, I have remarked the same wind arising and uttering the same hollow, solemn, Memnonian, but saintly swell : it is in this world the one great audible symbol of eternity.
Side 114 - Perhaps it was little De Quincey's reported admiration of Jean Paul — Goethe a mere corrupted pigmy to him — that first put me upon trying to be orthodox and admire. I dimly felt poor De Quincey, who passed for a mighty seer in such things, to have exaggerated, and to know, perhaps, but little of either Jean Paul or Goethe.
Side 43 - ... think) the same incapacity for dealing with simple and austere grandeur. I must add, however, that in fineness and compass of understanding, our English philosopher appears to me to have greatly the advantage.
Side 89 - ... of the Infinite. So sweet, so ghostly, in its soft, golden smiles, silent as a dream, and quiet as the dying trance of a saint, faded through all its stages this departing day, along the whole length of which I bade farewell for many a year to Wales, and farewell to summer.
Side 89 - I stood checked for a moment ; awe, not fear, fell upon me; and, whilst I stood, a solemn wind began to blow — the saddest that ear ever heard. It was a wind that might have swept the fields of mortality for a thousand centuries.
Side 45 - is a work of extraordinary merit, and displays the strongest intellect, it would be a want of candor to deny — but we neither envy nor admire the talents that produced it, at the expense of feeling, morality, and religion : for it not only aims at destroying all the comforts of the present life, by proving that man is destined to misery from...

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