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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
From Lectures and Memories

R. L. Nettleship (1846–1892)
 
.. THE ONLY 1 strength for me is to be found in the sense of a personal presence everywhere, it scarcely matters whether it be called human or divine; a presence which only makes itself felt at first in this and that particular form and feature … Into this presence we come, not by leaving behind what are usually called earthly things, or by loving them less, but by living more intensely in them, and loving more what is really loveable in them; for it is literally true that this world is everything to us, if only we choose to make it so, if only we ‘live in the present’ because it is eternity …  1
 
Note 1. R. L. Nettleship. From ‘Richard Lewis Nettleship, Lectures and Memories’. Macmillan. 1897. This is from a letter. Vol. i. p. 72. [back]
 
 
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