Enlightenment Epoch Quotes
The English were too conventional to be intrigued by the exuberance of the Baroque, but the formality of the Classic style suited them perfectly.
history is primarily concerned with the impact of man's thinking on life, manners, arts, economy, and politics.
Man seems to have in his physical make-up a desire for order and balance.
Classicism is closely bound up with a revival interest in Greek art and the spirit which inspired it--measure and discipline.
Classicism came as a reaction to the Baroque.
Music too was touched by the Rococo spirit of play.
The times created a demand for heroic subjects, especially those devoted to sacrifice for a noble cause.
Age and Its Art
The grandiose Baroque style...gave way to the light-hearted Rococo.
...geometric, ridgidly symmetrical, and formal plans of the palaces and gardens of Europe.
man controls his world through reason and intellect.
Poussin's landscapes are calm, reasonable, and orderly.
Nature was seen mainly through the eyes of classical reason and order.
they viewed the world as a perfectly working machine.
Montesquieu called for a symmetrical government of checks and balances.
Audio-Visual History of Music
It was during the Classical period that the piano first came into its own, even though it had been invented in Florence as early as 1709.
The best of all possible worlds. --Leibniz
My dear friend, clear your mind of cant . . . You may talk in this manner; it is a mode of talking in Society: but don't think foolishly. --Samuel Johnson
A man who does not lose his reason over certain things has none to lose. --Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Order is heaven's first law. --Alexander Pope
God moves in a mysterious way/His wonders to perform;/He plants his footsteps in the sea,/And rides upon the storm. --William Cowper
I have no need of that hypothesis. --Marquis de Laplace (1749-1827) French mathematician and astronomer. On being asked by Napoleon why he had made no mention of God in his book about the universe, Mecanique celeste.
In the days of my youth I remembered my God! And He hath not forgotten my age. --Robert Southey
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him." --Voltaire
If God made us in His image, we have certainly returned the compliment. --Voltaire
Every law is an evil, for every law is an infraction of liberty. --Jeremy Bentham
In this country, my Lords, . . . the individual subject . . . 'has nothing to do with the laws but to obey them.' --Bishop Samuel Horsley
Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason. --John Powell
Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible is evil. --Robespierre
Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in. --William Shenstone
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through. --Jonathan Swift
Everybody talks of the constitution, but all sides forget that the constitution is extremely well, and would do very well, if they would but let it alone. --Horace Walpole
Nature is but a name for an effect Whose cause is God. --William Cowper
All Nature wears one universal grin. --Henry Fielding
Nature is very consonant and conformable with herself. --Isaac Newton
Nature, and Nature's laws lay hid in night:/God said, Let Newton be! and all was light.
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,/The proper study of Mankind is Man. --Pope
All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance." --Edward Gibbon
Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. --Adam Smith
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