A Long Sentence by John Henry Newman

Here’s an example of a beautiful long sentence that couldn’t have said what it said if it had said it shortly:

[A great author] writes passionately, because he feels keenly; forcibly, because he conceives vividly; he sees too clearly to be vague; he is too serious to be otiose; he can analyze his subject, and therefore he is rich; he embraces it as a whole and in its parts, and therefore he is consistent; he has a firm hold of it, and therefore he is luminous.

John Henry Newman, quoted by Russell Kirk in Educating for Virtue, which you can purchase from Eighth Day Books, and I highly recommend you do so. In fact, this sentence is quoted by Russell Kirk in an essay full of beautifully crafted longish sentences.

Tolle, lege

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2 Responses

  1. Rats. Maybe I bought the last one. I wonder if they could order a new copy, but here’s the information:

    Educating for Virtue, Edited by Joseph Baldacchino
    National Humanities Institute
    ISBN 0-932783-02-3

  2. For some reason, Eighth Day books does not have that title.

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