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Shakespeare is the Spinosistic deity - an omnipresent creativeness. Milton is the deity of prescience; he stands ab extra, and drives a fiery chariot and four, making the horses feel the iron curb which holds them in. Shakspeare's poetry is characterless; that is, it does not reflect the individual Shakspeare; but John Milton himself is in every line of the Paradise Lost. Shakspeare's rhymed verses are excessively condensed, - epigrams with the point every where; but in his blank dramatic verse he is diffused, with a linked sweetness long drawn out.
 

Show me one couple unhappy merely on account of their limited circumstances, and I will show you ten who are wretched from other causes.
[Marriage]
 

So lonely 'twas that God himself scarce seemed there to be.
[Loneliness]
 

Stimulate the heart of love and the mind to be early accurate, and all other virtues will rise of their own accord, and all vices will be thrown out.
[Love]
 

Sublimity is Hebrew by birth.
 

Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.
[Music]
 

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.
[Love]
 

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.
[Genius]
 

Talk of the devil, and his horns appear.
 

Taste is the intermediate faculty which connects the active with the passive powers of our nature, the intellect with the senses; and its appointed function is to elevate the images of the latter, while it realizes the ideas of the former.
 

That alone can be called true refinement which elevates the soul of man, purifying the manners by improving the intellect.
 

That gracious thing, made up of tears and light.
 

That passage is what I call the sublime dashed to pieces by cutting too close with the fiery four-in-hand round the corner of nonsense.
 

That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.
 

The artist must imitate that which is within the thing, that which is active through form and figure, and discourses to us by symbols.
 

The best part of human language, properly so called, is derived from reflection on the acts of the mind itself.
 

The best sort of music is what it should be - sacred; the next best, the military, has fallen to the lot of the devil.
[Music]
 

The book of Job is pure Arab poetry of the highest and most antique cast.
 

The curiosity of an honorable mind willingly rests where the love of truth does not urge it further onward and the love of its neighbor bids it stop. - In other words, it willingly stops at the point where the interests of truth do not beckon it onward, and charity cries "Halt."
[Curiosity]
 

The devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility.
[Pride]
 


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