The calamities of life were shared among the …

22 Apr

The calamities of life were shared among the upper and lower part of mankind; but that the middle station had the fewest disasters, and was not exposed to so many vicissitudes as the higher or lower part of mankind; nay, they were not subjected to so many distempers and uneasinesses, either of body or mind, as those were, who by vicious living, luxury, and extravagances, on one hand, or by hard labour, want of necessaries, and mean or insufficient diet, on the other hand, bring distempers upon themselves by the natural consequences of the their way of living; that the middle station of life was calculated for all kind of virtues and all kind of enjoyments; that peace and plenty were the handmaids of a middle fortune; that temperance, moderation, quietness, health, society, all agreeable diversions, and all desirable pleasures, were the blessings attending the middle station of life; that this way men went silently and smoothly through the world, and comfortably out of it, not embarassed with the labours of the hands or of the head, not sold to the life of slavery for daily bread, or harassed with perplexed circumstances, which rob the soul of peace, and the body of rest; not enraged with the passion of envy, or secret burning lust of ambition for great things; but in easy circumstances sliding gently through the world, and sensibly tasting the sweets of living, without the bitter, feeling that they are happy, and learning by every day`s experience to know it more sensibly. 

The life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe 

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It was for men of desperate fortunes on …

17 Apr

It was for men of desperate fortunes on one hand, or of aspiring superior fortunes on the other, who went abroad upon adventures, to rise by enterprise, and make themselves famous in undertakings of a nature out of the common road.

The life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe 

 

A moral lift is …

17 Apr

A moral lift is necessary. The life of nations, like the life of individuals, has its moments of depression; these moments pass, certainly, but no trace of them ought to remain. Man at this day, tends to fall into the stomach: man must be replaced in the heart, man must be replaced in the brain. The brain, – this is the bold sovereign that must be restored !

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo 

He who is not free is not a …

12 Apr

He who is not free is not a man; he who is not free has no sight, no knowledge, no discernment, no growth, no comprehension, no will, no faith, no love; he has no wife and children, he has only a female with young: he lives not. Freedom is the apple of the eye; freedom is the visual organ of progress. 

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo 

God creates by …

10 Apr

God creates by intuition; man creates by inspiration, strengthened by observation. This second creation, which is nothing else but divine action carried out by man, is what is called “genius”.

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo

The theatre is a crucible of …

6 Apr

The theatre is a crucible of civilization. It is a place of human communion. All its phases need to be studied. It is in the theatre that the public soul is formed. 

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo 

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Science makes discoveries, Art composes …

3 Apr

Science makes discoveries; Art composes works. Science is an acquirement of man; Science is a ladder: one savant mounts above his fellow. Poetry is a soaring flight.

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo

In Science, all tends to stir, to change, to form fresh …

1 Apr

In Science, all tends to stir, to change, to form fresh surfaces. All denies, destroys, creates, replaces all. What was ground yesterday is put into the hopper again today. The colossal machine, Science, never rests. It is never satisfied; it is insatiable for improvement, of which the absolute knows nothing. Vaccination is called in question, the lightning-rod is called in question. Jenner may have erred, Franklin may have been mistaken; let us search again. This agitation is noble. Science is restless around man; she has her own reasons. Science plays in progress the part of utility. Let us reverence this superb handmaiden.

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo 

The human mind is the infinite …

28 Mar

The human mind is the infinite possible. The master-works, immense worlds, are generated within it unceasingly; and abide there forever. No crowding of one against the other; no recoil. The occlusions, when there are any, are but apparent, and quickly cease. The expanse of the boundless admits all creations.

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo

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