The Works of the Late Right Honourable Henry St. John, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke Volume 8

The Works of the Late Right Honourable Henry St. John, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke Volume 8

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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. 1809 edition. Excerpt: ... this series is exposed to interruption, the more happy we are. But it must be exposed to perpetual interruptions, if that which causes, and maintains it, be not in our own power. Virtue is so: and thus virtue may be said, without any paradox, to be it's own reward. If it has no-reward from without, it rewards itself by inward, and therefore independent tranquillity.. Good men may have commonly a less share in the advantages of fortune, as they are less likely to use the means of acquiring them, but then they want them less: and though it be a false thought, which Seneca makes the divinity employ, " that " their happiness consists in wanting no happi" nessf/'.yet is it true, that their happiness is enhanced, as well as secured, by a great independence on every thing external; and the same Seneca says, somewhere else, most divinely well, that he placed the good things he enjoyed within bis reach, and yet at such a distance, that fortune might take, but could not tear them from him. Hoc dabitis, ut opinor, si modo sit aliquid, esse beatum, d oportere fotum poni in poll-state sapientis. Nam si amitti vit? bcata potest, beata esse non potest.-Tull. de Fin. 1. 2. f Intus omne posui douurn. Non carere felicitate felieita ycstra est. Pe Provid, s3-The The good man slakes his thirst with a moderate draught of outward prosperity. The chalice of the wicked man is never sufficient, be it never so large: and to all his passions, as well as to his avarice, " nescio quid curtae semper abest rei." There is a fragment among Plutarch's Miscellanies, where Fortune and Vice are introduced like the contractors, who appear and make their offers, when any publick work is to be let out. Fortune boasts, that she can take fro: u men every outward...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236612388
  • 9781236612380