Day-Book of John Stuart Blackie
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...to end in ice. FAITH. HE young have naturally more faith than the old, more faith in themselves, because they have no experience of their limitations; more faith in the world, because they are at liberty, according to their fancy or their ideal. This is wisely ordered in both respects, for how shall a man act if he has no faith in himself? and how should he attempt to do anything for the world if he thought the world was not worthy of his exertions? So much for faith as a spur to action. For consolation, again, the old man requires more faith than the young; for in proportion as his expectations have often been disappointed in the past, his hopes for the future stand in need of more encouragement. METAPHYSICS. ELL, you may scheme and theorise Of how and why and whence and whether, But to my mind the cow was wise Who would not go beyond its tether. Prophets may preach, and fools divine, But this one thing I know: The precious present hour is mine To work my weal or woe. Pile your proud systems to the skies With praise of wondering nations; The human field before my eyes, I plough with fruitful patience. HERE are two kinds of selfishness, the one absolute and pure, the other relative and mixed. The purely selfish man is absolutely devoid of sympathy or fellow-feeling: he feels only for himself. Of all his hopes and fears and vital tendencies self is the constant centre, and all the achievement of his life, when most prosperous, is expressed by two words, appropriation and aggrandisement. The relatively selfish person may be, is rather often, extremely sympathetic, but sympathetic only in one direction, but so intensely in one direction, that every other direction is ignored, and love, the noblest of passions, so concentrated on a single...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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