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Lafcadio Hearn

Any idealism is a proper subject for art.

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Contemporary literature in the West has shown some signs of ethical change.

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Broad tolerance in the matter of beliefs is necessarily a part of the new ethics.

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One of the great defects of English books printed in the last century is the want of an index.

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To ancient Chinese fancy, the Milky Way was a luminous river, - the River of Heaven, - the Silver Stream.

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The proverbial philosophy of a people helps us to understand more about them than any other kind of literature.

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A proof of really great art is that it is generally true - it seldom falls into the misapprehensions to which minor art is liable.

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Accordingly the Northern races of Europe found their inspiration in the Bible; and the enthusiasm for it has not yet quite faded away.

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It has been wisely observed by the greatest of modern thinkers that mankind has progressed more rapidly in every other respect than in morality.

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Some persons have ventured to say that it is only since Englishmen ceased to believe in the Bible that they began to discover how beautiful it was.

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