Inaugural Addresses by Lords Rectors of the University of Glasgow; To Which Are Prefixed an Historical Sketch and Account of the Present State of the University

Inaugural Addresses by Lords Rectors of the University of Glasgow; To Which Are Prefixed an Historical Sketch and Account of the Present State of the University

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ... heretofore, with barbaric splendour, or attached to courtly gewgaws, but illustrated by the honours most worthy of our rational nature--coupled with the diffusion of knowledge--and gratefully pronounced through all ages by millions, whom his wise beneficence has rescued from ignorance and vice. To him I will say, "Homines ad Deos nulla, re propius accedunt quam salutem hominibus dando: nihil habet nec fortuna tua majus quam ut possis, nec natura tua melius quam ut velis servare quamplurimos." This is the true mark for the aim of all who either prize the enjoyment of pure happiness, or set a right value upon a high and unsullied renown.--And if the benefactors of mankind, when they rest from their pious labours, shall be permitted to enjoy hereafter, as an appropriate reward of their virtue, the privilege of looking down upon the blessings with which their toils and sufferings have clothed the scene of their former existence; do not vainly imagine that, in a state of exalted purity and wisdom, the founders of mighty dynasties, the conquerors of new empires, or the more vulgar crowd of evil-doers, who have sacrificed to their own aggrandisement the good of their fellowcreatures, will be gratified by contemplating the monuments of their inglorious fame: --theirs will be the delight--theirs the triumph--who can trace the remote effects of their enlightened benevolence in the improved condition of their species, and exult in the reflection, that the prodigious change they now survey, with eyes that age and sorrow can make dim no more--of knowledge become power--virtue sharing in the dominion--superstition trampled under foot--tyranny driven from the world--are the fruits, precious though costly, and though late reaped, yet long enduring, of...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236495535
  • 9781236495532