The Knickerbocker; Or, New-York Monthly Magazine Volume 42

The Knickerbocker; Or, New-York Monthly Magazine Volume 42

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ... from one place to another, until thou art happy and content in none. We (praise be to God!) were born here, and never desire to quit it I Listen, 0 my son. There is no wisdom equal unto the belief in God. He created the world; and shall we liken ourselves unto Him, in seeking to penetrate into the mysteries of his creation P Shall we say, behold this star spinneth round that star, and this other star, with a tail, goeth and cometh in so many years? Let it go. He from whose hand it came will guide and direct it. But thou wilt say unto mc, 'Stand aside, 0 man, for I am more learned than thou art, and have seen more things.' If thou thinkest that thou art in this respect better than I am, thou art welcome. I praise God that I seek not that which I require not. Will much knowledge create thee a double belly, or wilt thou seek paradise with thine eyes?' How many a 'conversational' bore has had occasion to 'realize' that choice 'chunk' of oriental wisdom: 'The speaker is one, and the listener is another?' Moreover, how significant are the closing queries!---The 'London Times, ' in a recent article, dwells at some length upon the change which has come over the public mind in England, in relation to the social position of her literary men: 'The titled nobility, of the highest intellectual class, it seems are identifying themselves with the literary taste of the age, descending from their social eminence in order to win still higher honor from intellectual labor, and borrowing lustre from pursuits that add to the dignity of the noblest, as they give refinement and grace to the meanest, of men. The homage paid by the rulers of our country within the last few years to the literary profession, is among the most remarkable features of our remarkable...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 644g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236809297
  • 9781236809292