On the Threshold

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byTheodore Thornton Munger

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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. 1891. Excerpt: ... vn. BEADING. The universal distribution of books has given rise to a new and distinct ambition, which may be described as a desire for intellectuality. To be intellectual, or to be regarded as such, is certainly among the ambitions of modern society. The logic of it is plain; men do not like to be out of relation to great facts. The prominent figure, the strong party, the new discovery, fixes their attention and enlists their sympathies. Napoleon, simply by his outstanding greatness as a phenomenon, commands a homage from which our judgment dissents. The dignity and sense of reality that Milton throws about Satan has secured for him what may even be called respect. Books are the great fact of modern civilization, its finest expression and summation. They stand for intellect; their source, their method, their reception is in the intellect. Thus, the whole atmosphere about them being intellectual, they have come to stand for the thing itself, and to imply its possession on the part of all concerned with them. It seems an incongruity when an ignorant person sells us a book. No one can afford to ignore this great latter-day fact. You will need to drop somewhat below the average of our American culture before you will find one who does not claim something of the spirit that surrounds books; very illfounded the claim may be, but very devoutly entertained. There is almost no conception of intellectuality apart from them; to know them is to be intellectual. There may be some crudeness and misapprehension in this, but, on the whole, it is praiseworthy. It marks the full transition from animal to man. It points the way to better things, for when the masses actually think, all else of which the moralist dreams and for which the saint prays will follow. Thought is th...

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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. 1891. Excerpt: ... vn. BEADING. The universal distribution of books has given rise to a new and distinct ambition, which may be described as a de...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217735274

ISBN - 13:9780217735278

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