Semitic Legends; A Paper Read Before The Literary And Philosophical Society Of Liverpool, November…

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byBaron Louis Benas

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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. 1874. Excerpt: ... ON THE PROVERBS OF EUROPEAN NATIONS. Semitic proverbs, upon which I had the pleasure of treating some few Sessions ago, differ very widely from those having an Aryan or a Turanian origin; the former are very earnest, and have a tendency to call a spade a spade; the latter, on the contrary, charm more by their inuendo than by what they actually convey in so many words. Whilst the descendants of Shem avoid frivolity, and speak in a very devout manner of all things sacred, especially the relation between man and his Creator, and of family ties, the others are, if I may so term it, charmingly irreverent, and, in many instances, have a tendency to levity. It has often been asked why former generations were so apt to receive, and pass current, maxims and proverbs, whilst the present age, though keenly enjoying epigrammatic wit, does not receive these readily as current coin. The thousand virtues of a cheap press, bringing as it does countless advantages, must be charged with the single fault of destroying the germ of proverbs. A man of thought has at the present day every opportunity of developing an idea; and not only can he entertain thought for himself, but he has the means at hand of imparting those views to millions of his fellow-creatures. The author of, for example, "Necessity is the mother of invention," or, "A stitch in time saves nine," would, had he lived to-day, have elaborated his maxim into an article in one of our monthlies or quarterlies; or, were he of a romantic turn of mind, would have conveyed his thoughts to the world in at least a three-volume novel. But at an age when the stylus and the waxen tablet were the materials at hand, and even later, when the quill and parchment scroll did service for the compositor and steam press, it is evident...

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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. 1874. Excerpt: ... ON THE PROVERBS OF EUROPEAN NATIONS. Semitic proverbs, upon which I had the pleasure of treating some few Sessions ago, differ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217992250

ISBN - 13:9780217992251

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