Le Livre Contemporain Volume 1-2

Le Livre Contemporain Volume 1-2

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...variety here for we find work on such unrelated subjects as chance, beauty, and insects. The philosophy is in general that of "The Bluebird," but there are hints of saddened more pessimistic views. But on the whole there is the same optimistic philosophy of olden times. "It is good for us," he says, "to tell ourselves often that we are living if not in a universe, at least on a world which has not yet exhausted its future and its surprises and which is much nearer its beginning than its end. It was born but yesterday, and has scarcely emerged from chaos. It is at the beginning of its hopes and its experiences. We believe that it is going towards its death; on the contrary its past demonstrates to us that it is much the more believable that it is advancing towards life. In any case, as the years go by, the quantity and above all the quality of the life it engenders and maintains increases and betters. It has given us only promises of the miracles to come; and there is probably no more relation between what is and what was than there is between what is and what shall be. Doubtless when these greatest marvels appear, we shall not have life as it is to-day; but in another form, we shall still be here, we shall still exist in part, on the surface or in the depths. And it is not altogether unbelievable that one of these last prodigies will reach us in our dust, awake us, give us life that at last we may have part of the happiness which we have not had and teach us that we were wrong, beyond the grave, in not interesting ourselves in the destiny of this world whose immortal sons we never ceased to be." In discussing messages from beyond the grave Maeterlinck concludes: "In any case, if such experiences (the evidence...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236619129
  • 9781236619129