The Moral Economy

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Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909 - Ethics - 267 pages
 

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Page 144 - This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you : He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
Page 21 - I have already urged, the practice of that which is ethically best — what we call goodness or virtue — involves a course of conduct which, in all respects, is opposed to that which leads to success in the cosmic struggle for existence. In place of ruthless selfassertion it demands self-restraint; in place of thrusting aside, or treading down, all competitors, it requires that the individual shall not merely respect, but shall help his fellows; its influence is directed, not so much to the survival...
Page 103 - That wherein God himself is happy, the holy angels are happy, in whose defect the devils are unhappy ; — that dare I call happiness ; whatsoever conduceth unto this may, with an easy metaphor, deserve that name ; whatsoever else the world terms happiness is to me a story out of Pliny, an apparition or neat delusion, wherein there is no more of happiness than the name.
Page 64 - whether in thine own person or in that of any other, in every case as an end withal, never as a means only.
Page 204 - Let our artists rather be those who are gifted to discern the true nature of the beautiful and graceful; then will our youth dwell in a land of health, amid fair sights and sounds...
Page 203 - The great men of culture are those who have had a passion for diffusing, for making prevail, for carrying from one end of society to the other, the best knowledge, the best ideas of their time...
Page 194 - And the same may be said of lust and anger and all the other affections, of desire and pain and pleasure, which are held to be inseparable from every action — in all of them poetry feeds and waters the passions instead of drying them up; she lets them rule, although they ought to be controlled, if mankind are ever to increase in happiness and virtue.
Page 196 - Since then music is a pleasure, and virtue consists in rejoicing and loving and hating aright, there is clearly nothing which we are so much concerned to acquire and to cultivate as the power of forming right judgments, and of taking delight in good dispositions and noble actions.
Page 62 - The reason whereof is, they converse but with one sort of men, they read but one sort of books, they will not come in the hearing 'but of one sort of notions ; the truth is, they canton out to themselves a little Goshen in the intellectual world, where light shines, and, as they conclude, day blesses them ; but the rest of that vast expansum they give up to night and darkness, and so avoid coming near it.
Page vi - Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be : Why then should we desire to be deceived?

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