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  • 1.
    For with this desire of physical beauty mingled itself early the fear of death—the fear of death intensified by the desire of beauty.
    Walter Pater 1839-1894, British writer, educator. originally published in Macmillan's Magazine (Aug. 1878). the narrator, in "The Child in the House," p. 163, repr. In Miscellaneous Studies, Macmillan (1895). Regarding Florian Deleal.

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  • 2.
    The youngest of four sons, but not the youngest of the family!—you conceive the sort of negligence that creeps over even the kindest maternities, in such case ...
    Walter Pater (1839-1894), British writer, educator. Originally published in New Review (June 1892). the narrator, in "Emerald Uthwart," p. 174, repr. In Miscellaneous Studies, Macmillan (1895). Posthumously prepared for the press by Charles L. Shadwell.

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  • 3.
    Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end.
    Walter Pater (1839-1894), British essayist, critic. Studies in the History of the Renaissance, "Conclusion," (1873).
  • 4.
    All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
    Walter Pater (1839-1894), British essayist, critic. Studies in the History of the Renaissance, "The School of Giorgione," (1873).

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  • 5.
    To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.
    Walter Pater (1839-1894), British essayist, critic. Studies in the History of the Renaissance, "Conclusion," (1873). Referring to "the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy."

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  • 6.
    To the modern spirit nothing is, or can be rightly known, except relatively and under conditions.
    Walter Pater (1839-1894), British writer, educator. originally published in the Westminster Review (Jan. 1866). "Coleridge's Writings," p. 65, repr., Expanded, as "Coleridge" in Appreciations, with an Essay on Style, Macmillan (1889).
  • 7.
    To regard all things and principles of things as inconstant modes or fashions has more and more become the tendency of modern thought.
    Walter Pater (1839-1894), British writer, educator. originally published in "Poems by William Morris," Westminster Review (Oct. 1868). "Conclusion," p. 208, repr. In Studies in the History of the Renaissance, Macmillan (1873).
  • 8.
    He was always a seeker after something in the world that is there in no satisfying measure, or not at all.
    Walter Pater (1839-1894), British writer, educator. originally published in Macmillan's Magazine (Oct. 1885). the narrator, in "A Prince of Court Painters," p. 48, repr. In Imaginary Portraits, Macmillan (1887). Regarding Antony Watteau.

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