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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
H. N. Hudson
 
  Common sense in one view is the most uncommon sense. While it is extremely rare in possession, the recognition of it is universal. All men feel it, though few men have it.  1
  Doubtless botany has its value; but the flowers knew how to preach divinity before men knew how to dissect and botanize them; they are apt to stop preaching, though, so soon as we begin to dissect and botanize them.  2
  Imagination is the organ through which the soul within us recognizes a soul without us; the spiritual eye by which the mind perceives and converses with the spiritualities of nature under her material forms; which tends to exalt even the senses into soul by discerning a soul in the objects of sense.  3
  In the hands of genius, the driest stick becomes an Aaron’s rod, and buds and blossoms out in poetry. Is he a Burns? the sight of a mountain daisy unseals the fountains of his nature, and he embalms the “bonny gem” in the beauty of his spirit. Is he a Wordsworth? at his touch all nature is instinct with feeling; the spirit of beauty springs up in the footsteps of his going, and the darkest, nakedest grave becomes a sunlit bank empurpled with blossoms of life.  4
  It is with feeling as with religion; if a man really have any, he will have “none to speak of.”  5
  Shakespeare is one of the best means of culture the world possesses. Whoever is at home in his pages is at home everywhere.  6
  The smiles of infants are said to be the first fruits of human reason.  7
 
 
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