Brier-patch Philosophy

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Ginn, 1906 - 296 páginas
 

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Página 239 - Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.
Página xi - Rhodora ! if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasted on the earth and sky, Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being : Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose ! I never thought to ask, I never knew : But, in my simple ignorance, suppose The self-same Power that brought me there brought you.
Página 137 - tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door ; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve : ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man.
Página 5 - Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
Página x - ... some pleasant things concerning animals and men, and life and death, that you have not yet taken into your philosophy. Then, if you care to follow the Rabbit's trail, as you follow the little brook, he will take you through the dead timber of science, through thickets of reason and psychology, through the open country of instincts and habits and dawning intelligence, to the origin of natural religion and the distant glimpses of immortality, in which we are all interested. Should you ask where...
Página 280 - ... and may therefore be accorded " some small chance for immortality." With these sentiments we have no cavil, but when we read the statement that " death to the animal is but a sleep, and the only thought in his head when he lies down for the last time is nature's whisper that he will waken as usual when the right time comes," we would ask the author how manywild animals die, so to speak, in their beds?
Página 258 - The eyes of all wait upon thee ; And thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, And satisfies! the desire of every living thing.
Página xxi - There is this difference between a man and a rabbit: the rabbit lives in a brier patch, and his philosophy makes his little world a good place: the man lives in an excellent world, and by his philosophy generally makes it over into the worst kind of a brier patch, either for himself or for his neighbors.
Página 167 - ... it brings to the weaker creatures of your common earth the shadow of fear and death, where with your superior strength and wisdom you might bring joy and life instead. To a rabbit mind it would seem, therefore, that the only question which you can consider with any...
Página 213 - I am the supreme judge of my own conduct, and in the words of Kant, I will not in my own person violate the dignity of humanity.

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