The Eternal Riddle (Classic Reprint)

The Eternal Riddle (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Eternal Riddle Man is an eternal riddle. At every stage of civilization low or high, at every turn of human experience there confronts the individual the prob lem of his origin. Beside every cradle where a new-born child is Sleeping, in the busy whirl of active life, and over every new-made grave, the question of the Psalmist is being asked, What is man? The Sphynx proposed first this ancient riddle, What creature is that which in the morning walks upon four legs, upon two at noon, and upon three in the evening. It was long before an an swer came. Such a creature could not be found. It was Oedipus who finally answered, That crea ture which walks upon four legs in the morning, two at noon and three at night is man. In the morning of life, he creeps like the beast. At his noontide hour he stands erect. When the evening shadows gather he must have a staff. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 340g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 024324486X
  • 9780243244867