Occasions; A Volume of Essays on Such Divers Themes as Laughter and Cathedrals, Town and Profanity, Gardens and Bibliomania, Etc

Occasions; A Volume of Essays on Such Divers Themes as Laughter and Cathedrals, Town and Profanity, Gardens and Bibliomania, Etc

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...in our lives than the days that are gone, or even than those which are still with us. The past influences us as openly as the present. We yield graciously or ungraciously according to temperament, disposition, or whim. The upholders of tradition take the past into partnership, just as modernists in art and life declare war upon olden times. But the influence of the future is insidious and sly, making no fuss, demonstrating little, but pulling, pulling all things, always, in the interests of posterity. Nothing we do and nothing that others do to us are unaffected by this prevailing and powerful intrigue. Even any tendency to live unreservedly and wholly in the present, which is the aim of not a few, is curbed and guided by Nature's regard for posterity. Life is always cast receive it (with interest) after manyfldays. I what life is doing in bulk we are repeating in detail, for are not we a part of lif--" rolled round in earth's diurnal course, with rocks and stones and trees " P Whether we hate or love posterity, work for or against the future, is all one. Posterity will take toll of our little doings in this or any other present time. In this particular present time of grace, or the lack of it, posterity is having her will of us, and even winning advocates and proselytes of sorts. Some ninety years ago it was safe for Daniel Webster to comfort himself and others with the thought that " the past at least is secure." Today he would have had to tune his hope to a different key. And although it may still be true, as was asserted many centuries ago, that even God is deprived of the power of eliminating the past, it is no longer true that the past can have all of its own way with us. Posterity is coming into...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236783670
  • 9781236783677