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ISAAC D'ISRAELI
English litterateur (father of Benjamin Disraeli)
(1766 - 1848)
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A great work always leaves us in a state of musing.
      - [Reading]

A poet is a painter of the soul.
      - [Poets]

Beware of the man of one book.
  [Lat., Home unius libri, or, cave ab homine unius libri.]
      - quoted in "Curiosities of Literature"
        [Books : Proverbs]

Education, however indispensable in a cultivated age, produces nothing on the side of genius. When education ends, genius often begins.
      - [Education]

It does not at first appear that an astronomer rapt in abstraction, while he gazes on a star, must feel more exquisite delight than a farmer who is conducting his team.
      - [Atheism]

Literary friendship is a sympathy not of manners, but of feelings.
      - [Friendship]

Quotation, like much better things, has its abuses. One may quote till one compiles.
      - [Quotations]

Quotations, like much better things, has its abuses.
      - [Quotations]

The art of meditation may be exercised at all hours, and in all places; and men of genius, in their walks, at table, and amidst assemblies, turning the eye of the mind inwards, can form an artificial solitude; retired amidst a crowd, calm amidst distraction, and wise amidst folly.
      - [Meditation]

A nickname a man may chance to wear out; but a system of calumnity, pursued by a faction, may descend even to posterity. This principal has taken full effect on this state favorite.
      - Amenities of Literature--The First Jesuits in England
        [Calumny]

Golden volumes! richest treasures,
  Objects of delicious pleasures!
    You my eyes rejoicing please,
      You my hand in rapture seize!
        Brilliant wits and musing sages,
          Lights who beam'd through many ages!
            Left to your conscious leaves their story,
              And dared to trust you with their glory;
                And now their hope of fame achiev'd,
                  Dear volumes! you have not deceived!
      - Curiosities of Literature--Libraries
        [Books]

The most noble criticism is that in which the critic is not the antagonist so much as the rival of the author.
      - Curiosities of Literature--Literary Journals
        [Criticism]

But, indeed, we prefer books to pounds; and we love manuscripts better than florins; and we prefer small pamphlets to war horses.
      - Curiosities of Literature--Pamphlets
        [Literature]

Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.
      - Curiosities of Literature--Poverty of the Learned
        [Genius]

The Plagiarism of orators is the art, or an ingenious and easy mode, which some adroitly employ to change, or disguise, all sorts of speeches or their own composition, or that of other authors, for their pleasure, or their utility; in such a manner that it becomes impossible even for the author himself to recognize his own work, his own genius, and his own style, so skillfully shall the whole be disguised.
      - Curiosities of Literature--Professors of Plagiarism and Obscurity
        [Plagiarism]

One may quote till one compiles.
      - Curiosities of Literature--Quotation
        [Quotations]

The art of quotation requires more delicacy in the practice than those conceive who can see nothing more in a quotation than an extract.
      - Curiosities of Literature--Quotation
        [Quotations]

The greater part of our writers, . . . have become so original, that no one cares to imitate them: and those who never quote in return are seldom quoted.
      - Curiosities of Literature--Quotation
        [Quotations]

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages may be preserved by quotation.
      - Curiosities of Literature--Quotation,
        Quotation [Quotations : Wisdom]

Great collections of books are subject to certain accidents besides the damp, the worms, and the rats; one not less common is that of the borrowers, not to say a word of the purloiners.
      - Curiosities of Literature--The Bibliomania
        [Borrowing]

The defects of great men are the consolation of the dunces.
      - Essay on the Literary Character
         (preface, p. XXIX and vol. I, p. 187)
        [Faults]

The Self-Educated are marked by stubborn peculiarities.
      - Literary Character (ch. VI) [Education]

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
      - Literary Character (ch. XI) [Art]

The act of contemplation then creates the thing created.
      - Literary Character (ch. XII)
        [Contemplation]

Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius, throwing the reader of a book, or the spectator of a statue, into the very ideal presence whence these works have really originated. A great work always leaves us in a state of musing.
      - Literary Character (ch. XII, last lines)
        [Enthusiasm]


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