This Life and the Next; Impressions and Thoughts of Notable Men and Women from Plato to Ruskin

This Life and the Next; Impressions and Thoughts of Notable Men and Women from Plato to Ruskin

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... But yet I live. Though only the shadow in a dream, still this is better than the cold, blank emptiness of death. Life is the highest of earth's good; its bitterest evil is Death.1 All my reason, all my knowledge tells me that the belief in a personal continuance after death is an illusion. There is no trace of this in the Old Testament. Moses was much too healthy a man for this. That sickly sect who proceeded from Christ to Christianity, and subsequently to asceticism, invented immortality. In my understanding I am thoroughly convinced of our cessation of existence. I cannot seize or comprehend it because I still exist. I only understand that with egotists the thought of a cessation of existence is a consoling one. To a loving heart it is, in spite of all science, inconceivable.2 For four years now I have renounced all philosophic pride and am returned back to religious ideas and feelings. I die in the belief of one only God, the eternal creator of the world, whose pity I implore for my immortal soul. I lament that I have at times spoken of sacred things without due reverence, but I was carried away more by the spirit of the time than 1 From Book le Crrand (trans. Snodgrass). 2 Said to Adolph Stahr. by my own inclinations. If I unwittingly have violated good manners and morality, which is the true essence of all monotheism, I pray both God and man for pardon.1 SIR HENRY TAYLOR (1800-1886) IQUITE agree with you that it is very disagreeable to grow old; and I have always thought that if / had been Providence I would have made life begin with dotage and decrepitude, and go on freshening and improving to a primal death.... After fifty, one has not the loss of youth to look forward to, and that is one source of sadness removed. And to me it used to...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236642619
  • 9781236642615