Life of John Stuart Mill

W. Scott, 1889 - 194 páginas

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Página 57 - At this my heart sank within me: the whole foundation on which my life was constructed fell down. All my happiness was to have been found in the continual pursuit of this end. The end had ceased to charm, and how could there ever again be any interest in the means? I seemed to have nothing left to live for.
Página 57 - In this frame of mind it occurred to me to put the question directly to myself: "Suppose that all your objects in life were realized; that all the changes in institutions and opinions which you are looking forward to, could be completely effected at this very instant: would this be a great joy and happiness to you?
Página 57 - I was in a dull state of nerves, such as everybody is occasionally liable to; unsusceptible to enjoyment or pleasurable excitement; one of those moods when what is pleasure at other times, becomes insipid or indifferent; the state, I should think, in which converts to Methodism usually are, when smitten by their first "conviction of sin.
Página 112 - TO the beloved and deplored memory of her who was the inspirer, and in part the author, of all that is best in my writings — the friend and wife whose exalted sense of truth and right was my strongest incitement, and whose approbation was my chief reward — / dedicate this volume.
Página 30 - I am thus one of the very few examples, in this country, of one who has, not thrown off religious belief, but never had it : I grew up in a negative state with regard to it.
Página 23 - ... with judgment and diffidence; by perpetually bringing the theory which we have constructed to the test of new facts; by correcting or altogether abandoning it according as those new facts prove it to be partially or fundamentally unsound.
Página 31 - I have no remembrance of the time when I began to learn Greek, I have been told that it was when I was three years old. My earliest recollection on the subject, is that of committing to memory what my father termed vocables, being lists of common Greek words, with their signification in English, which he wrote out for me on cards.
Página 36 - He resembled most Englishmen in being ashamed of the signs of feeling, and by the absence of demonstration starving the feelings themselves.
Página 52 - I now >,had opinions ; a creed, a doctrine, a philosophy f ~~in one among the best senses of the word, a religion ; the inculcation and diffusion of which could be made the principal outward purpose "of a life.
Página 102 - ... are truly comprehensive. If we take a different method, if we snatch at general principles, and content ourselves with confined observations, two things will happen to us. First, what we call general principles will often be found to have no generality; we shall set out with declaring propositions to be universally true, which, at every step of our further progress, we shall be obliged to confess are frequently false: and, secondly, we shall miss a great mass of useful knowledge, which those...

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