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If for a speculative man, ‘whose seedfield,’ in the sublime words of the Poet, ‘is Time,’ no conquest is important but that of new ideas, then might the arrival of Professor Teufelsdrockh’s Book be marked with chalk in the Editor’s … Continue reading
On the seashore of endless worlds children meet. The infinite sky is motionless overhead and the restless water is boisterous. On the seashore of endless worlds the children meet with shouts and dances. They build their houses with sand and … Continue reading
Possibly the modern legislator or magistrate might no longer know enough to treat as the Church did the man who denied unity, unless the denial took the form of a bomb; but no teacher would know how to explain what … Continue reading
Sea waves – no bottom – and the pearls sunk in the sea; And men who gather pearls – doomed to death by gathering. Of a myriad men doomed to death – one finds a pearl; A bushel measure will … Continue reading
Proteus: Then let her alone. Valentine: Not for the world: why, man, she is mine own, And I as rich in having such a jewel As twenty seas, if all their sand were The water nectar and the rocks pure … Continue reading
In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls. Honoré de Balzac, ‘La fille aux yeux d’or (The Girl with the Golden Eyes)’ (1834-35)