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AUGUSTINE BIRRELL
English jurist, politician, author, critic and man of letters
(1850 - 1933)

A poet's soul must contain the perfect shape of all things good, wise and just. His body must be spotless and without blemish, his life pure, his thoughts high, his studies intense.
      - [Poets]

Poetry should be vital--either stirring our blood by its divine movements or snatching our breath by its divine perfection. To do both is supreme glory, to do either is enduring fame.
      - [Poetry]

The true historian, therefore, seeking to compose a true picture of the thing acted, must collect facts and combine facts. Methods will differ, styles will differ. Nobody ever does anything like anybody else; but the end in view is generally the same, and the historian's end is truthful narration. Maxims he will have, if he is wise, never a one; and as for a moral, if he tell his story well, it will need none; if he tell it ill, it will deserve none.
      - [Historians]

One whom it is easier to hate, but still easier to quote--Alexander Pope.
      - Alexander Pope [Quotations]

[Milton] calls the university "A stony-hearted step-mother."
      - Obiter Dicta [Motherhood]

As certain as the Correggiosity of Correggio.
      - Obiter Dicta--Emerson
        [Painting : Proverbial Phrases]

History is a pageant, not a philosophy.
      - Obiter Dicta--The Muse of History
        [History]

It is the Mass the matters.
      - What, Then, Did Happen at the Reformation?,
        published in "Nineteenth Century", Apr., 1896, answered, July, 1896
        [Worship]


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