Miscellaneous Remains from the Commonplace Book of Richard Whately, Late Archbishop of Dublin

Miscellaneous Remains from the Commonplace Book of Richard Whately, Late Archbishop of Dublin

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...before me this concentrated summary of his long experience: 'I've observed, sir, that everything as is right bitter is wholesome.' A notion which might have cost him his life, if he had come in the way of strychnine, colocynth or elaterium. known a man utterly refuse (as I have recorded in the 'Annotations') all intercourse with a man of whom he had that opinion 1 I have also noticed there, in another place, the excess with which some people guard against the danger of being too much led away by another's ability and eloquence. If he is a very powerful reasoner, they feel bound to let everything he may say go for nothing. Again, because one may sometimes be too much influenced by personal partiality to listen with undue favour to a person one has a regard for, some people bend the twig too much the contrary way, and bring themselves to cherish a strong prejudice against every opinion, proposal, plan, measure--in short, every person and everything that finds favour with him, and to think the better of whatever and whoever is most opposed to him. And if they find that this gives him pain, the pain they themselves feel in consequence is an additional proof to them of thenown excessive partiality. It appears to them as a temptation which they are to guard against the more sedulously, by forcing themselves to judge as unfavourably as possible of all he says or does. And having brought themselves to view things reversed, like an object reflected in a mirror, every danger which besets them on the left side they guard against by fresh precautions on the right. This may perhaps be sometimes one of the causes why a prophet hath no honour in his own country. I know a person whose relatives, who had a real regard for him, were all under a kind of...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236787064
  • 9781236787064