Points of Friction

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byAgnes Repplier

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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. 1920. Excerpt: ... POINTS OF FRICTION Living in History WHEN Mr. Bagehot spoke his luminous words about "a fatigued way of looking at great subjects," he gave us the key to a mental attitude which perhaps is not the modern thing it seems. There were, no doubt, Greeks and Romans in plenty to whom the "glory" and the "grandeur" of Greece and Rome were less exhilarating than they were to Edgar Poe,--Greeks and Romans who were spiritually palsied by the great emotions which presumably accompany great events. They may have been philosophers, or humanitarians, or academists. They may have been conscientious objectors, or conscienceless shirkers, or perhaps plain men and women with a natural gift of indecision, a natural taste for compromise and awaiting developments. In the absence of newspapers and pamphlets, these peaceful pagans were compelled to express their sense of fatigue to their neighbours at the games or in the market-place; and their neighbours--if well chosen--sighed with them over the intensity of life, the formidable happenings of history. Since August, 1914, the turmoil and anguish incidental to the world's greatest war have accentuated every human type,--heroic, base, keen, and evasive. The strain of five years' fighting was borne with astounding fortitude, and Allied statesmen and publicists saw to it that the clear outline of events should not be blurred by ignorance or misrepresentation. If history in the making be a fluid thing, it swiftly crystallizes. Men, "living between two eternities, and warring against oblivion," make their indelible record on its pages; and other men receive these pages as their best inheritance, their avenue to understanding, their key to life.. Therefore it is unwise to gibe at history because we do not chance to know it. It pleases...

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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. 1920. Excerpt: ... POINTS OF FRICTION Living in History WHEN Mr. Bagehot spoke his luminous words about "a fatigued way of looking at great subje...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:42 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217786189

ISBN - 13:9780217786188

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