The World of H.G. Wells

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M. Kennerley, 1915 - 189 lappuses
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26. lappuse - And so, slowly, beginning at his hands and feet and creeping along his limbs to the vital centres of his body, that strange change continued. It was like the slow spreading of a poison. First came the little white nerves, a hazy grey sketch of a limb, then the glassy bones and intricate arteries, then the flesh and skin, first a faint fogginess and then growing rapidly dense and opaque. Presently they could see his crushed chest and his shoulders, and the dim outline of his drawn and battered features.
91. lappuse - Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Edward IV, William the Conqueror, Lord Rosebery, and Robert Burns had all been changed at birth it would not have produced any serious dislocation of the course of destiny. I believe that these great men of ours are no more than images and symbols and instruments taken, as it were, haphazard by the incessant and consistent forces behind them; they are the pen nibs Fate has used for her writing, the diamonds upon the drill that pierces through the rock.
127. lappuse - ... regarded by William Joyce, who had been so proud of his association with the Worcestershire regiment, who carried himself like a midget sergeant-major, can be judged from the effect they had on a young man called Thomas Haller Cooper, who was very different from William Joyce except in his detestation of what comes "all along o' dirtiness, all along o' mess, all along o' doing things rather more or less.
131. lappuse - I was apprenticed first to a chemist, and, that proving unsatisfactory, to a draper. But after a year or so it became evident to me that the facilities for higher education that were and still are constantly increasing in England, offered me better chances in life than a shop and comparative illiteracy could do ; and so I...
96. lappuse - In so far as we are individuals, so far as we seek to follow merely individual ends, we are accidental, disconnected, without significance, the sport of chance. In so far as we realize ourselves as experiments of the species for the species, just in so far do we escape from the accidental and the chaotic. We are episodes in an experience greater than ourselves.
15. lappuse - ... insistence that HG Wells is the Matthew Arnold of the twentieth century: "Wells on Criticism, Wells on Education, Wells on Politics and the nostrums of Liberalism, Wells even on Religion, .speaks with the voice of Arnold. Everywhere there is the same fine dissatisfaction, the same nice discrimination, the same faith in ideas and standards, the same dislike of heated bungling " It was not enough to ticket this as patently inept, the bumble of a critic still in his twenties; the reviewers had to...
131. lappuse - Midhurst, who supplied post horses to the coaches before the railways came; my father was the son of the head gardener of Lord de Lisle at Penshurst Castle, in Kent. They had various changes of fortune and position; for most of his life my father kept a little shop in a suburb of London, and eked out his resources by playing a game called cricket, which is not only a pastime, but a show which people will pay to see, and which, therefore, affords a living for professional players. His shop was unsuccessful,...
165. lappuse - I'ma spiritual guttersnipe in love with unimaginable goddesses. I've never seen the goddesses nor ever shall — but it takes all the fun out of the mud — and at times I fear it takes all the kindliness too.
59. lappuse - He begins life with a disposition to believe in the wisdom of grown-up people, he does not realise how casual and disingenuous has been the development of law and custom, and he thinks that somewhere in the state there is a power as irresistible as a head master's to check mischievous and foolish enterprises of every sort. I will confess that when my uncle talked of cornering quinine, I had a clear impression that any one who contrived to do that would pretty certainly go to jail.
100. lappuse - Wells' laboratory to guide it. In order to get society upon a sound moral basis, says Mr. Wells, it is essential " to reject and set aside all abstract, refined, and intellectualized ideas as starting propositions, such ideas as right, liberty, happiness, duty, or beauty, and to hold fast to the fundamental assertion of life as a tissue and succession of births.

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