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Appreciations, With An Essay On Style
by Walter Pater
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SINCE all progress of mind consists for the most part in differentiation, it is surely the stupidest of losses to confuse things which right reason has put asunder.
Generally, it may be described as an attempt to reclaim the world of art as a world of fixed laws, to show that the creative activity of genius and the simplest act of thought are but higher and lower products of the laws of a universal logic. Criticism, feeling its own inadequacy in dealing with the greater works of art, is sometimes tempted to make too much of those dark and capricious suggestions of genius, which even the intellect possessed by them is unable to explain or recall.
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