The New American Type and Other Essays

The New American Type 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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...The boy may seem to stare blindly at uncomprehended things, but he unwittingly takes away something that will befriend him in his hour of spiritual need. Second. It may be difficult to enroll one's self in the service of a great cause; but it is not beyond the reach of youth. Men of science acquire a passion for truth; they esteem the conventional rewards of life as nothing in comparison with the discovery of some new law. An archaeologist, an entomologist, an astronomer will rivet his attention for years on some apparently insignificant phenomenon in the hope that he shall force it one day to shed what light it can upon the great scheme of things. Art, too, has its passionate votaries; the musician, the painter, the sculptor become oblivious of all except the idea of beauty that possesses them, and yield themselves wholly to its imperious command to give that beauty form. Zeal for the cause of truth or of beauty may perhaps be reserved for nature's favorites; but there is one cause that all men are entitled to claim as theirs, not by virtue of special talents or accomplishments, but by virtue of their birth, --the cause of humanity. Boys in the period of adolescence are potential creatures, their characters rest in unstable equilibrium, uncertain which way to incline; they are like little flowers under a hedge that crane their necks this way or that to reach the sunlight that peeps through the branches. They vary in flexibility, no doubt, and some have tendencies to this direction, some to that; but all are pliant, plastic to the moulding power of proximate beliefs. All boys are sensitive to idealism. Each, in his individual boyhood, goes through the history of the race; he has his profound emotional periods, when he is ready to fling...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236827422
  • 9781236827425