John Addington Symonds; A Biography Volume 2

John Addington Symonds; A Biography 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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...to hear from you (only three days gone, however, since I heard last). "What you say about our not really wanting satisfaction, because if we get it, that is a negation of effort--all this is true. It is what I blundered about in my searchings through infinity. The fact is, we are made for effort, and not made for satisfaction. And yet we get such jolly bits of satisfaction by the roadside, as it were. I have got these crumbs of late from people here--from Christian Buol, from Christian Palmy, who appeals to me in all his prosaic troubles. There is no doubt about these people. "I am fighting the committee for the building of an English church at Davos. Such fun; but also a vast waste of time." 1 Davos, December 2, 1881. How practically helpful he was to those with whom his habits and interests in life made him acquainted, would be attested by many a native of Canton Graubiinden. But he was not merely charitable, open-handed out of his own abundance; he went further than this, and constructed for himself an ethic of charity, which was not only consonant with the democratic views of life which he was carrying into practice, but also added considerable zest to his own labours. Those views are sufficiently explained in the following letters, to his sister and to a friend: --"I am 1 working hard to raise 60 for a scheme of private benevolence, as I wish to give this out of earnings. The father of four children gets to feel his inherited wealth as a trust. I don't quite know whether this feeling is right. But I have it. I would rather give away what I gain. By the way, if you see the Cornhill, look out for an article by me. This is one of my pot-boilers. "I am quite determined not to support any man in life by daily doles....show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236563530
  • 9781236563538