Why it was that upon this beautiful feminine tissue, sensitive as gossamer, and practically blank as snow as yet, there should hav...e been traced such a coarse pattern as it was doomed to receive; why so often the coarse appropriates the finer thus, the wrong man the woman, the wrong women the man, many years of analytical philosophy have failed to explain to our sense of order.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had freq...uent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
I am as unfit for any practical purpose--I mean for the furtherance of the world's ends--as gossamer for ship-timber; and I, who a...m going to be a pencil-maker to-morrow, can sympathize with God Apollo, who served King Admetus for a while on earth.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
The true reformer does not want time, nor money, nor coöperation, nor advice. What is time but the stuff delay is made of? And de...pend upon it, our virtue will not live on the interest of our money. He expects no income, but outgoes; so soon as we begin to count the cost, the cost begins. And as for advice, the information floating in the atmosphere of society is as evanescent and unserviceable to him as gossamer for clubs of Hercules.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself, Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them....
And you O my soul where you stand, Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space, Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them, Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold, Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O, my soul.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »