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Daily Thoughts selected from the writings of Charles Kingsley by his wife   By: (1819-1875)

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In "Daily Thoughts selected from the writings of Charles Kingsley by his wife", readers are provided with a remarkable collection of introspective passages from the renowned author's private thoughts. Compiled by his wife, this book offers a unique glimpse into Kingsley's mind, delving into his innermost reflections and capturing his profound observations on life.

The book is divided into sections that cover a wide range of themes, allowing readers to explore Kingsley's thoughts on spirituality, nature, social issues, and the human condition. Each daily entry presents a concise yet thought-provoking excerpt from the author's journals and writings, reflecting his keen intellect and deep understanding of human nature.

One of the book's notable strengths lies in its ability to evoke a sense of intimacy. Reading Kingsley's personal thoughts creates a connection between the reader and the author, as if sitting beside him and listening to his musings. Through this connection, readers are encouraged to engage with their own thoughts and feelings, fostering a sense of self-reflection and introspection.

Kingsley's writing style is elegant and poetic, enhancing the impact of his profound insights. Each passage is characterized by its rich imagery and vivid language, drawing the reader further into the author's mindset. This literary finesse serves to elevate the book beyond a simple compilation of thoughts, becoming a work of art in its own right.

Furthermore, the book offers a fascinating look into the life and times of Charles Kingsley. With his insights often influenced by the social and political climate of the era, readers gain a deeper understanding of the historical context in which Kingsley lived. This adds an additional layer of richness to the book, appealing to both lovers of literature and history alike.

One slight drawback of "Daily Thoughts" is its brevity. While the concise nature of the passages allows for daily contemplation and easy digestion, some readers may find themselves longing for more extensive reflections from the author. However, this can also be seen as a positive aspect, as it encourages readers to reflect on the ideas presented and explore their own interpretations.

In conclusion, "Daily Thoughts selected from the writings of Charles Kingsley by his wife" is a captivating collection that offers a rare glimpse into the mind of an esteemed author. Through its poignant and evocative passages, readers are invited to embark on a journey of introspection and self-discovery. Kingsley's profound insights and elegant prose make this book a compelling companion for anyone seeking solace, inspiration, or a deeper understanding of the human experience.

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Selected from the Writings OF CHARLES KINGSLEY




Printed by R. & R. CLARK, Edinburgh .

This little Volume , selected from the MS. Note books , Sermons and Private Letters , as well as from the published Works of my Husband , is dedicated to our children , and to all who feel the blessing of his influence on their daily life and thought .

F. E. K.

July 10, 1884.


Welcome, wild North easter! Shame it is to see Odes to every zephyr: Ne'er a verse to thee. . . . . . Tired we are of summer, Tired of gaudy glare, Showers soft and steaming, Hot and breathless air. Tired of listless dreaming Through the lazy day: Jovial wind of winter Turn us out to play! Sweep the golden reed beds; Crisp the lazy dyke; Hunger into madness Every plunging pike. Fill the lake with wild fowl; Fill the marsh with snipe; While on dreary moorlands Lonely curlew pipe. Through the black fir forest Thunder harsh and dry, Shattering down the snow flakes Off the curdled sky. . . . . . Come; and strong within us Stir the Viking's blood; Bracing brain and sinew: Blow, thou wind of God!

Ode to North east Wind .

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