Conversations at Cambridge by Robert Aris Willmott

Conversations at Cambridge

byRobert Aris Willmott

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...collected treasures of a life, has dwindled into a stream " of rolling tautologies." Our intellect seems to have shrunk with our books. B0LWEE. If we transport ourselves into the company of those eminent men who adorn our earlier literature, how amazed we are at their various erudition, their inexhaustible eloquence, their rare sagacity, their invincible perseverance. What considerate diligence, what midnight watchings, what expense of Palladian oil, are displayed in every page of More, of Donne, and of Taylor! Their divining Wands discovered treasures amid forgotten ruins; from every choked up stream of human knowledge their industry recovered something precious. While the Memory, by night and day, was thus heaping the altar of the Beautiful with costly offerings,--and the thoughts, ever busy in their sacred work, brought in gold, and ivory, and cedar; how majestically the Intellectual Temple rose in the religious silence of a serene and contented spirit! It is not one of the least evils attending the diffusion of authorship amongst us, that we read to write, not to think. Our ancestors composed books to fortify and ennoble the mind,--with us, these are secondary motives; our object is answered, if they sell. How far is this from the true spirit of learning, which ought to place its best reward in the acquirement of wisdom, and the instruction of man. But why should I attempt to illustrate the ends of knowledge, when the words of one of the greatest characters that ever shed a lustre over science are in the remembrance of all? " Men have entered into a desire of learning and knowledge, sometimes upon a natural curiosity and inquisitive appetite; sometimes to entertain their minds with variety and delight; sometimes for « Milton. ornament...

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Title:Conversations at CambridgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217198155

ISBN - 13:9780217198158

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