A Life of Mr. Yukichi Fukuzawa (Google eBook)

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Z. P. Maruya & Company, 1902 - 190 pages
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Page 1 - He looks and laughs at a' that. A prince can mak' a belted knight, A marquis, duke, and a' that ; But an honest man's aboon his might Guid faith, he mauna fa' that ! For a
Page 178 - To be incapable of proof by reasoning is common to all first principles ; to the first premises of our knowledge, as well as to those of our conduct. But the former, being matters of fact, may be the subject of a direct appeal to the faculties which judge of fact, namely, our senses, and our internal consciousness. Can an appeal be made to the same faculties on questions of practical ends ? Or by what other faculty is...
Page 177 - It has already been remarked, that questions of ultimate ends do not admit of proof, in the ordinary acceptation of the term. To be incapable of proof by reasoning is common to all first principles ; to the first premises of our knowledge, as well as to those of our conduct. But the former, being matters of fact, may be the subject of a direct appeal to the faculties which judge of fact, namely, our senses, and our internal consciousness. Can an appeal...
Page 128 - Everybody must make it his duty to act as a man, and must endeavour to elevate his dignity and to enhance his virtue. Men and women of our fraternity must regard the principle of independence and self-respect as the cardinal tenet of personal morals and living, and by inscribing it deeply on their hearts must strive to discharge the duties proper to man.
Page 129 - Taking care of the body and keeping it healthy is a duty incumbent on us all by reason of the rules that govern human existence ; both body and mind must be kept in activity and in health, and anything calculated to impair their health even in the least degree must be rigidly avoided. " To complete the natural span of life is to discharge a duty incumbent on man. Therefore, any person who, be the cause what it may, or be the circumstances what they may, deprives himself by violence of his own life,...
Page 129 - Marriage being a most important affair in the life of man, the utmost care must be exercised in selecting a partner. It is the first essential of humanity for man and wife to cohabit till death separates them, and to entertain towards each other feelings of love and...
Page 129 - To complete the natural span of life is to discharge a duty incumbent on man. Therefore, any person who, be the cause what it may, or be the circumstances what they may, deprives himself by violence of his own life, must be said to be guilty of an act inexcusable and cowardly, as well as mean, and entirely opposed to the principle of independence and self-respect.
Page 130 - Every person must be faithful to his business, and anybody who neglects the duties of his state in life, irrespective of the relative gravity and importance of such duties, cannot be regarded as a person of independence and self-respect. " Every one must behave towards others with candour, for it is by reposing confidence in others that one renders it possible for them to confide in him, while it is only by means of this mutual confidence that the reality of independence and native dignity can be...
Page 131 - The sentiment of kindness must not be confined to men alone, and any practice that involves cruelty to animals or any wanton slaughter of them must be guarded against. "21. Culture elevates man's character while it delights his mind, and as, taken in a wide sense, it promotes the peace of society and enhances human happiness, therefore it must be regarded as an essential requisite of man. " 22. Whenever a nation exists there is inevitably a Government, which attends to the business of enacting laws...
Page 129 - A person of independence and self-respect must not depend upon others in disposing of a question relating to his own personal affairs, but must possess the ability with which to deliberate and decide on it. 8. The custom of regarding women as the inferiors of men is a vicious relic of barbarism. Men and women of any enlightened country must treat and love each other on a basis of equality, so that each may develop his or her own independence and self-respect.

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