The Influence of Literature Upon Society Volume 2

The Influence of Literature Upon Society Volume 2

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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. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ... character of a great man ought to present to our view that organization, that balance, that perfect justice, which alone, either in a character or a government, can give the idea of repose and stability. But perhaps it will be observed, that in a republic this enthusiasm respecting an individual ought of all things to be feared the most; and far from desiring that pertection of character which 1 have just said is almost essential, those instruments of success ought rather to be sought, who compile discourses, make decrees, or gain conquests, in the same manner as men exercise an exclusive profession, without having one idea beyond it. Nothing can be less philosophical, that is to say, nothing can tend less to happiness, than that jealous system which would deprive nations of their rank in history, by levelling the 'reputation of individuals. General instructions ought to be most assiduously promoted; but in the same level with the interest of the advancement of mental improvement, we must also leave the aim of individual glory. A republic ought to give greater encouragement, than any other government, to the multiplied endeavours which it inspires; a small number only reach the goal, but all join in the race; and although fame rewards nothing but success, every attempt is doubtless of some remote utility. The love of glory must not be extinguished in great minds, nor the sentiment of admiration in the people: to this sentiment every degree of affection between the governors and the governed owes its existence. Of what benefit is an appreciating and cool judgment in our numerous modern associations? Can millions of men decide upon any thing, each according to his respective understanding? Is it not necessary that a more animated impulse should...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236525973
  • 9781236525970