Ernest Maltravers, by the Author of 'Pelham'

Ernest Maltravers, by the Author of 'Pelham'

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...yourself." "But it is unpleasant not to answer attacks--not to retaliate on enemies." "Then answer attacks, and retaliate on enemies.""But would that be wise?" "If it give you pleasure--it would not please me." "Come, De Montaigne, you are reasoning Somatically. I will ask you plainly and bluntly, would you advise an author to wage war on his literary assailants, or to despise them?" "Both; let him attack but few, and those rarely. But it is his policy to show that he is one whom it is better not to provoke too far. The author always has the world on his side against the critics, if he choose his opportunity. And he must always recollect that he is 'a State' in himself, which must sometimes go to war in order to procure peace. The time for war or for peace must be left to the State's own diplomacy and wisdom.""You would make us political machines.""I would make every man's conduct more or less mechanical; for system is the triumph of mind over matter; the just equilibrium of all the powers and passions may seem like machinery. Be it so. Nature meant the world--the creation--man himself, for machines." "And one must even be in a passion mechanically, according to your theories." "A man is a poor creature who is not in a passion sometimes; but a very unjust, or a very foolish one, if he be in a passion with the wrong person, and in the wrong place and time. But enough of this, it is growing late." "And when will Madame visit England?""Oh, not yet, I fear. But you will meet Cesarini in London this year or next. He is persuaded that you did not see justice done to his poems, and is coming here as soon as his indolence will let...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236775791
  • 9781236775795