Charles Caleb Colton [1822]

Even human knowledge is permitted to approximate in some degree, and on certain occasions, to that of the Deity, its pure and primary source . . . What so hard, so cold, and so insensible as marble? Yet the sculptor can warm it into life, and bid it breathe an eternity of love. What so variable as colour? so swift as light? or so empty as shade? Yet the pencil of a Raphael can give these fleeting things, both a body and a soul; can confer upon them an imperishable vigour, a beauty that increases with age, and which must continue to captivate generations.–Lacon: Or, Many Things in Few Words; Addressed to Those Who Think

Source: https://archive.org/details/lacon00colt

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