The Art of Life; An Essay

The Art of Life; An Essay

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...be said that my talk is all of Saints, and they are few: whereas the Art of Life, if it is profitable to talk of it at all, and is 1"? should be for the million But my more from gemus... than from mtici5m. method is not exceptional. Music, too, has its widening circles of influence until it becomes well-nigh universal. There are thousands of musicians whose names are never heard beyond their little sphere; millions who love and appreciate music whose names are never heard at all; many more millions who love and have to content themselves with the wish to appreciate; and all are glad to be in some way in it and of it; even the unconscious baby sleeps the better for his mother's lullaby. Yet when we talk of music, it is only the few masters we think of naming. It is always, or should be always, the highest genius that sets the taste for mankind. So I am only following my own principle of suggesting the higher while not excluding the lowest. " We needs must love the highest when we see it: " but it is so far above us that really to see it we must look at it and into it long and lovingly. When I first went to Rome, I had a sneaking consciousness that I shared Mark Twain's openly confessed preference for the freshly coloured copy over the grimy "Old Master; " but after some years of frequently visiting the galleries until every great picture there became familiar, I began to be conscious of the dawning of a taste which, being based on principles of truth and beauty, might with artistic discipline, rise even to rapture. The Lives of the Saints are the Art Gallery of Life. It is this personal and incalculable character of artintuition that separates the arts from the sciences. Science progresses 2 the...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236823702
  • 9781236823700