To the influence of Goethe we may ascribe the constant...

To the influence of Goethe we may ascribe the constant disposition to crush the human being by contrasting and comparing him with the Infinite, as if the true greatness of man did not consist precisely in the consciousness of the Infinite which surrounds him without impeding his action; as if the eternity which is before and behind us were not also within us; as if from high above the earth we tread a voice did not reach us from time to time, bidding us onward, in action, in faith, and in the consciousness of our dignity.

Mazzini.

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To a Waterfowl
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