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ISAAC D'ISRAELI
English litterateur (father of Benjamin Disraeli)
(1766 - 1848)
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Many men of genius must arise before a particular man of genius can appear.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
        [Genius]

To think, and to feel, constitute the two grand divisions of men of genius--the men of reasoning and the men of imagination.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. II) [Genius]

Those who do not read criticism will rarely merit to be criticised.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. VI) [Criticism]

Solitude is the nurse of enthusiasm, and enthusiasm is the true parent of genius. In all ages solitude has been called for--has been flown to.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. X) [Solitude]

There is a society in the deepest solitude.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. X) [Solitude]

Philosophy becomes poetry, and science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XII) [Genius]

Self-love is a principle of action; but among no class of human beings has nature so profusely distributed this principle of life and action as through the whole sensitive family of genius.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XV) [Self-love]

The great man who thinks greatly of himself, is not diminishing that greatness in heaping fuel on his fire.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XV) [Greatness]

The golden hour of invention must terminate like other hours, and when the man of genius returns to the cares, the duties, the vexations, and the amusements of life, his companions behold him as one of themselves--the creature of habits and infirmities.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XVI) [Invention]

The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XXII) [Reading]

Time the great destroyer of other men's happiness, only enlarges the patrimony of literature to its possessor.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XXII) [Literature]

Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honours or of wealth.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XXIV) [Literature]

Every work of Genius is tinctured by the feelings, and often originates in the events of times.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XXV) [Genius]

Miscellanists are the most popular writers among every people; for it is they who form a communication between the learned and the unlearned, and, as it were, throw a bridge between those two great divisions of the public.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius--Miscellanists
        [Journalism]

It does at first appear that an astronomer rapt in abstraction, while he gazes on a star, must feel more exquisite than a farmer who in conducting his team.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius--On Habituating Ourselves to Indiv. Pursuit
        [Astronomy]

The poet must be alike polished by an intercourse with the world as with the studies of taste; one to whom labour is negligence, refinement a science, and art a nature.
      - Literary Character of Men of Genius--Vers de Societe
        [Poets]

And, after all, it is style alone by which posterity will judge of a great work, for an author can have nothing truly his own but his style.
      - Literary Miscellanies--Style [Style]

A circle may be small, yet it may be as mathematically beautiful and perfect as a large one.
      - Miscellanies [Circles]


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