Literary Style; And Other Essays

Literary Style; And Other Essays

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...When the ghost says to Hamlet: "Remember me!" he replies: "Yes, as long as memory holds a place in this distracted globe." The scene he had witnessed made so intense an impression that it formed from that time a part of his moral being, separable from it only by his dissolution. In strong minds the habit of attention is not a mere aptness to receive an impression; it is a strenuous effort. They seize facts as a hungry lion seizes his prey. Emerson remarks that there are some things which everybody remembers. A creditor is in little danger of forgetting his debtor, and men generally keep an insult fresh. Ben Jonson used to say that it was hard to forget the last kick. In Scotland it Avas customary in the olden time to maintain boundary lines by whipping a boy on the site. The feverish, hurried life which most persons live to-day, and the nervous exhaustion consequent upon over-stimulus and prolonged fatigue, are fatal to vivid remembrance. Men whose minds are continually flitting from one thing to another, dwelling upon nothing long, must necessarily receive but transitory impressions. 3. A clear apprehension of what is to be remembered. 4. A strong determination to remember. Though memory depends largely upon insight and mental activity, yet there is no doubt that a man can remember in a great degree, as Johnson said a man could compose, --by dogged determination. Euler, the mathematician, being almost totally blind, was obliged to make and to retain in his head the calculations and formulae, which others preserve in books. The result was that the extent, readiness and accuracy of his mathematical memory became prodigious, and DAlembert declared it to be barely credible to those who had seen its feats. No other faculty...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236862201
  • 9781236862204