Thought emancipates itself in all directions at the same time as the arts.
With Michael Angelo dead, what does this miserable architecture, which survived itself in the state of a spectre, do?
the architectural form of the edifice effaces itself more and more, and allows the geometrical form, like the bony structure of an emaciated invalid, to become prominent.
which constantly superposes itself, without a break, without a gap, upon the human race, which walks a monster with a thousand legs?
Let the reader now imagine what an investment of funds it would require to rewrite the architectural book; to cause thousands of edifices to swarm once more upon the soil; to return to those epochs when the throng of monuments was such, according to the statement of an eye witness, "that one would have said that the world in shaking itself, had cast off its old garments in order to cover itself with a white vesture of churches.
The soul answers never by words, but by the thing itself that is inquired after.
For the soul is true to itself, and the man in whom it is shed abroad cannot wander from the present, which is infinite, to a future which would be finite.
The only mode of obtaining an answer to these questions of the senses is to forego all low curiosity, and, accepting the tide of being which floats us into the secret of nature, work and live, work and live, and all unawares the advancing soul has built and forged for itself a new condition, and the question and the answer are one.
The inspiration which uttered itself in Hamlet and Lear could utter things as good from day to day for ever.
It is the doubling of the heart itself, nay, the infinite enlargement of the heart with a power of growth to a new infinity on every side.
It is no flatterer, it is no follower; it never appeals from itself.
Literature holds itself
up by its bearing, it is bearing, it doesn't hold itself
to nothing, it holds itself
to the good bearing that comes to it all at once, and, as such, literature holds on.