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It is a very pleasant picture to imagine Antaeus standing among the Pygmies, like the spire of the tallest cathedral that ever was built, while they ran about like pismires at his feet; and to think that, in spite of their difference in size, there were affection and sympathy between them and him
He proffers prating pronouncements of pismire presumption--two can play this game--when he writes, "[Coleridge] in his sadness offered a healing and a hope far more capacious and powerful than the paltry poultices and promises of the merely happy.
What inhibits and challenges "the affirmative impulse" in us is "the absence of any appearance of reconciliation between the theory and the practice of life" and "the disproportion between the sky of law and the pismire of performance under it.