The Value of a Maimed Life

The Value of a Maimed Life : Extracts from the Manuscript Notes of Thomas Wedgwood (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Value of a Maimed Life: Extracts From the Manuscript Notes of Thomas Wedgwood The world knows little of its greatest men. Which is perhaps another way of saying that the struggle for existence selects for preservation and predominance not those individuals which are most excellent according to any ideal type, nor even those which seem most fitted to govern and guide the world as it will be a hundred years after their time, but those individuals who are most exactly adapted to the circumstances of their own day, 215. Those who are just, and only just, ahead of their age, who are already most nearly that which present circumstances are tending to make men become. To be too far ahead of your age means failure just as surely as being too far behind it does. Those who are too far ahead are too much out of harmony with their actual surroundings to assert themselves and become leaders; they impress those who know them intimately with a mysterious sense of goodness and wisdom which the visible work which they leave behind fails to justify or account for; and though, by their influence on their younger contemporaries, they may effect much good, it is brought before the world by other hands and often under other names. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 145g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243141777
  • 9780243141777