Letters of Charles Eliot Norton [NOOK Book]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...With you he felt essentially at one, and to you he expressed himself with easy openness. With you his originality, which often operated unconsciously to make him reserved, was not shy, and these letters consequently reveal him to a degree in which he seldom revealed himself. This makes them precious. No ...
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Letters of Charles Eliot Norton

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Overview

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...With you he felt essentially at one, and to you he expressed himself with easy openness. With you his originality, which often operated unconsciously to make him reserved, was not shy, and these letters consequently reveal him to a degree in which he seldom revealed himself. This makes them precious. No other American has approached him in the absoluteness and purity of his originality. Your scheme for printing the letters seems to me excellent.... I will see to it at once, and when I have written what brief introduction and notes they may require, I will send the manuscript to you for revision.... To C. C. Stillman Cambridge, 10 Aprfl, 1899.... You ask me, what is the best service which you can render to your generation? And is the life of a business man the highest that you can live? The greatest service which any man can render to his fellows consists not in any specific, and may be rendered in any profession. It consists in the influence, direct and indirect, which he may exert by force of character. Let him possess himself not merely of the common moral virtues of industry and integrity, but let him steadily aim to acquire open-mindedness, independence of judgment, generosity, elevation of purpose in his dealings with men, and keep himself simple, pure, tender-hearted and sympathetic in relations with those nearest to him, and whether he be business man or clergyman, he will be doing the best service to his kind. The extent of this service will depend, indeed, greatly on matters not wholly under his control,--on his intellectual ability, on the chances which circumstance affords, on health. He may shape and develop his character while sealing packages of bonds to as good purpose as if he were ministering in a hospital. In the long run, if circumstances...
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  • BN ID: 2940019155668
  • Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1913 volume
  • File size: 860 KB

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