Essays Moral and Literary, 2; In Three Volumes

Essays Moral and Literary, 2; In Three Volumes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1803 edition. Excerpt: ...propensity. Universal genius is indeed sparingly, perhaps never, fcestowed. Foi the preservation os impartiality, where Nature has.allowed an excellence in any remarkable degree, die has osten permitted a desect to counterbalance it. Yet, in the literary annals os almost every nation, we sind many distinguished by intellectual endowments above the ordinary condition os humanity. It is a nobleprivilege to excel men in the very persection by which they surpass the irrational animals, and is doubtless permitted by Providence, in a sew individuals, sor the happiness os human nature. Let it be considered, as an instance os the advantage which mankind derives srom singular genius, what a train os light has been difsused sar and wide on thousands and tens os thousands, sor the space os near twenty hundred years, srom. the illumined understanding os the individual Cicero. Or, to take an example srom our own polished age and country, let a conjecture be sormed os the number os those who have been led to every thing good and great (kalokaGathian) by an Addison.. The world, however, has seldom been gratesul to its benesactors. It has neglected, banished, poisoned, and crucisied them. But there was an inward satissaction in conscious rectitude, a generous spirit in heroic virtue, which bore them through everything with comsort, and their merit increased and triumphed in adversity..: ..: They who have been possessed os subordinate degrees os genius have, in latter times, been induced to affect a singularity os sentiment and practice, in order to draw upon themselves the eyes os mankind. In pursuit os this end, they have adopted vices and principles which their hearts and understandings must have condemned. Eccentricity has been the object os their 1 wishes...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236525477
  • 9781236525475