The Practical Works; With a Life of the Author, and a Critical Examination of His Writings

The Practical Works; With a Life of the Author, and a Critical Examination of His Writings : In Twenty-Three Volumes Volume 15

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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. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...and praised for that which he hath not, or for that which is his snare, or consisteth with his calamity? Would not a malefactor at the gallows take it for his reproach to hear an oration of his happiness? Will it comfort them in hell to be praised on earth? This common reason may easily call, an empty vanity. To place our comforts in the delights of sensuality, had somewhat a fairer show of reason, if reason were made for nothing better; andif these were the noble sort of pleasures that advanced man above the brutes; and if they would continue for ever, and the end of such mirth were not heaviness and repentance, and they did not deprave and deceive men's souls, and leave behind them disappointment and a sting. But he is unworthy the honour and pleasures of humanity, who preferreth the pleasures of a beast, when he may have better. To place our comforts in those" riches which do but serve this sensuality with provisions, and leave posterity in as vain and dangerous a state as their progenitors were, is but the foresaid folly aggravated. To place them in domination, and having our wills on others, and being able to do hurt, and exercise revenge, is but to account the devils happier than men, and to desire to be as the wolf among the sheep, or as the kite among the chickens, or as the great dogs among the little ones. To place them in much knowledge of arts and sciences, as they concern only the interests of the body in this life; or as knowledge is but the delight of the natural fantasy or mind, doth seem a little finer, and sublime, and manly; but it is of the same nature and vanity as the rest. For all knowledge is for the guidance of the will and practice; and therefore mere knowing matters that tend to pride, sensuality, more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 123691368X
  • 9781236913685