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The fact that a business started small is not an absolute transcendental sentence to perpetual littleness & ordinariness.
Dreams and Facts" concludes with these stirring words: "No man is liberated from fear who dare not see his place in the world as it is; no man can achieve the greatness of which he is capable until he has allowed himself to see his own littleness.
40) Perhaps Lloyd George summed up Wilson's qualities best, when he remembered Wilson as having embodied an "extraordinary mixture of real greatness thwarted by much littleness.
The church, he noted, could begin to be a place where people are "so taken with Jesus, so much in love with him, that they [would be] incapable of littleness and narrowness and selfishness.
Japanese affairs--if after a week of your London life, you do not begin to be disturbed by a peculiar sensation of your own littleness, you are not a true lover of your race and country" (Japan Times April 28, 1897: 2).
They elevated me from all littleness of feeling; and although they did not remove my grief, they subdued and tranquilized it.
It is, in a manner uniquely its own, rather reminiscent of the post-Stevensian sensibility of Mark Strand's Dark Harbor--perhaps the great book of the 90s--where "we have a growing appetite for littleness," and where there is a continual pressing against the limits of the poem's and our culture's "end game," which thereby becomes "largely imperfect so long as it lasts.
And yet it itself is nothing--less than nothing-when its littleness is brought into contrast with the vast bulk of the millions of suns that swim those seas of space wherein it paddles lonely and unnoticed, save by its own sun, its own moon.
JOHNSON WAS NOT everyone's cup of tea: Horace Walpole in his Memoirs of George III dismisses him as bombastic and vicious--"with all the pedantry he had all the gigantic littleness of a country schoolmaster"--while Boswell is written off as "the quintessence of busybodies.
But it is out of our race and lineage that minds will spring, that will reach back to us in our littleness to know us better than we know ourselves, and that will reach forward fearlessly to comprehend this future that defeats our eyes.
I thought that because of its littleness it would suddenly have fallen into nothing.
Recall that the initial introduction of Havelok is a visual image of distress--his littleness and nakedness (6)--a non-courtly, visual spectacle akin to the SEL images of naked, tortured, martyred saints: young St Faith, for instance, who is stripped naked and tortured (23.
The stepping down from high horses of academia and daring to wonder about small things, daring to experience, enduring the emotions of littleness.
Freya Johnston's subject, though the title might initially lead one to think otherwise, is not literary bathos but rather the near relative to bathos that is best described as littleness and its place, its very proper place, in Johnson's writing.