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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. 1859 Excerpt: ...ourselves, as in the following fine writing, where, as usual, he is connecting things which have no true interdependence; for it is something apart from genius which makes it either modest or utilitarian: " Genius, that, manly, robust, healthful as it be, is long before it lose its instinctive Dorian modesty; shamefaced, because so susceptible to glory--genius, that loves indeed to dream, but on the violet-bank, not the dunghill. Wherefore, even in the error of the senses, it seeks to escape from the sensual into worlds of fancy, subtle and refined. But apart from the passions, true genius is the most practical of all human gifts. Like the Apollo whom the Greek worshiped as its type, even Arcady is its exile, not its home. Soon weary of the dalliance of TempŁ, it ascends to its mission--the Archer of the silver bow, the guide of the car of light. Speaking more plainly, genius is the enthusiasm for self-improvement; it ceases or sleeps the moment it desist from seeking some object which it believes of value, and by that object it insensibly connects its self-improvement with the positive advance of the world." It is characteristic of the philosophic observations with which Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton adorns his works, that the more you examine them, the less they yield you. To skim over his novels is a pleasant recreation; to read them with attention and a serious effort to penetrate to that deeper meaning which he insists is there, is one of the most wearisome and profitless labours man can engage in. The thoughts of a great poet are like the stars in heaven. At the first glance they seem but shining adornments of the sky; but the more you penetrate their secrets, the vaster grow their proportions, and the deeper the significance of their being....
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