Art in Education and Life: A Plea for the More Systematic Culture of the Sense of Beauty

R. G. Adams, 1914 - 334 páginas
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Página 124 - A THING of beauty is a joy for ever : Its loveliness increases ; it will never Pass into nothingness ; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Página 150 - O, how canst thou renounce the boundless store Of charms which Nature to her votary yields ! The warbling woodland, the resounding shore, The pomp of groves, and garniture of fields ; All that the genial ray of morning gilds, » And all that echoes to the song of even, All that the mountain's sheltering bosom shields, And all the dread magnificence of Heaven, O, how canst thou renounce^ and hope to be forgiven ! These charms shall work thy soul's eternal health, And love, and gentleness, and joy,...
Página 35 - Yet nature is made better by no mean But nature makes that mean : so, over that art Which you say adds to nature, is an art That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentler scion to the wildest stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race : this is an art Which does mend nature, change it rather, but The art itself is nature.
Página 247 - The fact of our time which overshadows all others is the arrival of democracy ; but the perception of the fact is of relatively little importance if we do not also realize that it is a new democracy. There are many who speak of the new ruler of nations as if he were the same idle Demos whose ears the dishonest courtiers have tickled from time immemorial. It is not so. Even those who attempt to lead him do not yet quite understand him. Those who think that he...
Página 313 - ... he grows and waxes strong, and at last the vision is revealed to him of a single science, which is the science of beauty everywhere.
Página 18 - Not only does it include whatever we do for ourselves, and whatever is done for us by others, for the express purpose of bringing us somewhat nearer to the perfection of our nature; it does more : in its largest acceptation, it comprehends even the indirect effects produced on character and on the human faculties, by things of which the direct purposes are...
Página 169 - ... and assert that the branch of study set by itself over against that group, namely the gems of poetry and belles-lettres, is the one that does more to give us a knowledge of human nature than all the others combined. Thus, in old age, a man is apt to say of his studies in the elementary school : " What I learned of arithmetic, geography, grammar, and history has been useful to me, but it has not proved to be so thoroly practical as the selections from literature which I read in the school readers.
Página 128 - ... round And take delight in its activity; Even so this happy Creature of herself Is all-sufficient; solitude to her Is blithe society, who fills the air With gladness and involuntary songs.
Página 300 - And give more room to mind ; and leave the poor Some time for self-improvement. Let them not Be forced to grind the bones out of their arms For bread, but have some space to think and feel Like moral and immortal creatures.
Página 313 - ... the beauty in every form is one and the same! And when he perceives this he will abate his violent love of the one, which he will despise and deem a small thing, and will become a lover of all beautiful forms; in the next stage he will consider that the beauty of the mind is more honourable than the beauty of the outward form.

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