De Officiis

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A. L. Humphreys, 1902 - Ethics - 278 pages
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Page 17 - We are not born for ourselves alone; and our country claims her share, and our friends their share of us. As all that the earth produces is created for the use of man, so men are created for "the sake of men, that they may mutually do good to one another.
Page 111 - ... step into an estate and lands ; such a man seems most justly deserving of praise. For of all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well-bred man than agriculture.
Page 17 - But there are two kinds of injustice ; the first is of those who offer an injury, the second of those who have it in their power to avert an injury from those to whom it is offered, and yet do it not.
Page 110 - In the first place, those sources of emolument are condemned that incur the public hatred ; such as those of tax-gatherers and usurers, We are likewise to account as ungenteel and mean the gains of all hired workmen, whose source of profit is not their art but their labor ; for their very wages are the consideration of their servitude. We are likewise to despise all who retail from merchants goods for prompt sale ; for they never can succeed unless they lie most abominably. Now nothing is more disgraceful...
Page 10 - ... desire that companies and societies should be formed, and that they should mingle in them ; and that for those reasons, man should take care to provide for the supply of clothing and of food ; and that not only for himself, but for his wife, his children, and for all whom he ought to hold dear and to protect. This is an affection which arouses the spirit and makes it more strenuous for action. The distinguishing property of man is to search for and to follow after truth. Therefore, when relaxed...
Page 91 - Neither is it foreign to my purpose to touch upon the duties of magistrates, of private citizens, and of strangers. It is then the peculiar duty of a magistrate to bear in mind that he represents the state, and that he ought, therefore, to maintain its dignity and glory, to preserve its constitution, to act by its laws, and to remember that these things are * So Dr. South describes joy as exhibited by Adam in the state of innocence, in the most remarkable of his productions, the sermon entitled
Page 202 - ... him; and who does not inwardly feel the truth of that great stoical maxim, that for one man to deprive another unjustly of any thing, or unjustly to promote his own advantage by the loss or disadvantage of another, is more contrary to nature, than death, than poverty, than pain, than all the misfortunes which can affect him, either in his body, or in his external circumstances.
Page 50 - An inordinate passion for glory, as I have already observed, is likewise to be guarded against ; for it deprives us of liberty, the only prize for which men of elevated sentiments ought to contend.
Page 42 - But when you view everything with reason and reflection, of all connections none is more weighty, none is more dear, than that between every individual and his country. Our parents are dear to us; our children, our kinsmen, our friends, are dear to us ; but our country comprehends alone all the endearments of us all.
Page 4 - But having resolved at this time to write to you somewhat, and a great deal in time to come, I have thought proper to set out with that subject which is best adapted to your years and to my authority. For, while many subjects in philosophy, of great weight and utility, have been accurately and copiously discussed by philosophers, the most extensive seems to be what they have delivered and enjoined concerning the...

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