This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXIV. Last words from my Laugher--Tolerance--Faith and Reason--A simile--The Garden of God--A worldflower--" Fare thee well.""To-night," I began, but my bronze interrupted. "To-night," he said, with a strange mystery hidden in his silver voice--" To-night, child of man, you shall give heed to me. Know, first, that this is the fiftieth evening we have had speech together--the fiftieth, and the last. Before I speak again, you and yours, and your children, and your children's children, and the work of your hands and brains, and perchance the pomp of your nation will all be dust; for, ere then, the world shall roll through five hundred more years. Who knows, indeed, that my own battered bronze carcase will hold together so long?""This is a blow to me," said I "and it shows the folly of not keeping careful diaries of the great concerns of life. I had thought that many days of intercourse still extended before us. But speak as you will, and let me listen. If you have a mind to sum up now the opinions this brief glimpse of human life has brought to you, I pray you speak. "So be it then. For myself, know this; I take my leave willingly enough, for to me this age is painful above all other ages my eyes have opened upon. To-day landmarks are vanishing with mournful rapidity; certainties grow fewer; theories flood the world in a deluge worse than Deucalion's. Knowledge cows all mankind. It is a lighthouse--a star-glimmer serving to show the awful darkness of the delta that tends towards Truth. I use the word ' delta' of set purpose. There is no straight road or river leading to truth, but a delta of a thousand arteries. Science plods here, Religion there; and all the arteries are very meet to be explored; all command exploration; all...
  • ISBN13: 9781230318554
  • Publisher: Theclassics.Us
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00068
Dimensions7.4 x 0.1 x 9.7 inches
Primary CategoryHistory/General

My Laughing Philosopher

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