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Table-Talk, Essays On Men And Manners

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Table-Talk, Essays On Men And Manners
'There Is A Pleasure In Painting Which None But Painters Know.' In
Writing, You Have To Contend With The World; In Painting, You Have Only
To Carry On A Friendly Strife With Nature. You Sit Down To Your Task,
And Are Happy. From The Moment That You Take Up The Pencil, And Look
Nature In The Face, You Are At Peace With Your Own Heart. No Angry
Passions Rise To Disturb The Silent Progress Of The Work, To Shake The
Hand, Or Dim The Brow: No Irritable Humours Are Set Afloat: You Have No
Absurd Opinions To Combat, No Point To Strain, No Adversary To Crush, No
Fool To Annoy--You Are Actuated By Fear Or Favour To No Man. There Is
'No Juggling Here,' No Sophistry, No Intrigue, No Tampering With The
Evidence, No Attempt To Make Black White, Or White Black: But You Resign
Yourself Into The Hands Of A Greater Power, That Of Nature, With The
Simplicity Of A Child, And The Devotion Of An Enthusiast--'Study With
Joy Her Manner, And With Rapture Taste Her Style.' The Mind Is Calm,
And Full At The Same Time. The Hand And Eye Are Equally Employed.

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