HENRY D. THOREAU
eyes in comic protest at the audiences as he was being led away captive, but no resentment was shown. He had the strength of a Hercules, but he was a far better non-resistant than Tolstoy, because he took his medicine with a wink, while Fate is obliged to hold the nose of the author of "Anna Karenina," who never sees the comedy of an inward struggle and an outward compliance, any more than does the benedict, safely entrenched under the bed, who shouts out, "I defy thee, I defy thee!" as did Mephisto when Goethe thrust him into Tophet.
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The popular belief is that Xantippe, the wife of Socrates, was a shrew, and had she lived in New England in Cotton Mather's time would have been a candidate for the ducking-stool. Socrates said he married her for discipline. A man in East Aurora, however, has recently made it plain to himself that Xantippe was possessed of a great and acute intellect. She knew herself, and she knew her liege as he never did--he was too close to his subject to get the pers
Elbert Hubbards series \"Journeys to the Homes of the Great\" is something I have come upon only recently and I must thank the Muse of e-books for this unexpected gift as I approach my dotage. I of course knew the name Elbert Hubbard for his founding of the Roycroft community in the late 19th century. His work with furniture changed the face of home decoration when it introduced Arts and Crafts product to the American scene.
I was completely ignorant of the fact that Hubbard produced an extensive series of relatively short and well written biographies concerning the most famous men in western thought and history. This volume which deals with philosophers may be the best of his books. His biographic sketches of Socrates, Aristotle, Kant and Thoreau are priceless. True he leaves out a great deal however as these sketches average under 40 pages each I believe he achieves much in the format adopted.
Of all the biographic sketches in this volume only the one concerning Spencer leaves anything to criticize. Perhaps even that may be explained by my aversion to reading Spencer in grad school eons ago rather than Hubbards work.
I give the book 4 stars and urge you to read the series as I am now doing. Thank you Manybooks for your much appreciated efforts.
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