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Russian: Никанор Иванович налил лафитничек, выпил, налил второй, выпил, подхватил на вилку три куска селедки и в это время позвонили, а Пелагея Антоновна внесла дымящуюся кастрюлю, при одном взгляде на которую сразу можно было догадаться, что в ней, в гуще огненного борща, находится то, чего вкуснее нет в мире, – мозговая кость.
There is a certain, and that a genuine one, in thisof having missed the fullof things. There is , not only in , but in this dazed and dramatic .
One of the deepest and strangest of allmoods is the mood which will suddenly strike us perhaps in a garden at , or deep in sloping meadows, thethat everyand leaf has just uttered something stupendously direct and important, and that we have by a prodigy of imbecility not heard or understood it. There is a certain, and that a genuine one, in this sense of having missed the fullof things. There is , not only in , but in this dazed and dramatic .
Theof thismay be founded on , but itsis run on spiritual impressions and atmospheres.
Theis that , with his immense , with his colossal , with his vastand vastof , is deficient in one faculty and one faculty alone. He is not a mystic; and therefore he has a tendency to go mad. Men talk of the extravagances and frenzies that have been produced by ; they are a mere drop in the bucket. In the main, and from theof , mysticism has kept men sane. The thing that has driven them mad was . ...The only thing that has kept the race of men from the mad extremes of the convent and the pirate-galley, the night-club and the lethal chamber, has been mysticism — the belief that logic is misleading, and that things are not what they seem.
is always a kind of brute ; those who appeal to the head rather than the , however pallid and polite, aremen of . We speak of 'touching' a man's heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it.
The center of every man's existence is a . , , , are merely material accidents, like a toothache or a twisted ankle. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel.
Many clever men like you have trusted to . Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?
"Bosh," he said, "On what else is the whole world run but immediate impressions? What is more practical? My friend, theof thismay be founded on facts, but itsis run on spiritual impressions and atmospheres."
must ofbethan… for fiction is the creation of the human , and therefore is congenial to it.
Men always talk about the most important things to total . It is because in the total stranger we perceive man himself; the image ofis not disguised by resemblances to an uncle orof theof a moustache.
Earnest Freethinkers need not worry themselves so much about the persecutions of the . Before theidea is dead or triumphant we shall seeand persecutions the like of which thehas never seen.
Whenimpute special vices to the Christian Church, they seem entirely to forget that the world (which is the only other thing there is) has these vices much more. The Church has been cruel; but the world has been much more cruel. The Church has plotted; but the world has plotted much more. The Church has been superstitious; but it has never been so superstitious as the world is when left to itself.
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution.
Men do not differ much about what things they will call ; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.
We have passed the age of the demagogue, the man who has little to say and says it loud. We have come to the age of the mystagogue or don, the man who has nothing to say, but says it softly and impressively in an indistinct whisper.
For mysaid that he opened his intellect as theopens the fans of a palm tree, opening for opening's sake, opening infinitely for ever. But I said that I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid. I was doing it at the moment. And as I truly pointed out, it would look uncommonly silly if I went on opening my mouth infinitely, for ever and ever.
The baby has known theintimately ever since he had an . What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.
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