At Our Best by Sumner EllisAt Our Best by Sumner Ellis

At Our Best

bySumner Ellis

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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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. 1873. Excerpt: ... VIII. OURSELVES AND OTHERS. "Society is no comfort To one not sociable." Shakspeare's Cymbeliub. "'Mid countless brethren, with a lonely heart, Through courts and cities the smooth savage roams, Feeling himself, his own low self, the whole; "When he by sacred sympathy might make The whole one self! self, that no alien knows! Self, far diffused as Fancy's wing can travel 1 Self, spreading still! Oblivious of its own, Yet all of all possessing!" Coleridge's Keligious Musings. "The truly generous is the truly wise; And he who loves not others lives unbjest." Home's Douglas. A T the bottom of all human nature we are to look, I suppose,'for some venomous sediment which can be stirred; and they are few who come to the end of life without some time having felt that revenge, with fist, teeth, club, or gun, would be a solace. We all hold ourselves at some risk, as carrying in some volcanic depth these sleeping fires. To have ourselves to handle, especially under provocations, is toying with fire-arms. Whose humanity dare we guarantee against all circumstances? Vrho has absolute trust in himself? In our cool moments we resolve we will count ten, twenty, a hundred, will say the alphabet from A to Z, will call over the names of all our blood relations from great-grandfathers to second cousins; but passion, like powder, is off before we know it, or can wet a finger to lay on. We blaze, explode, have our comedy or tragedy to its final act; and then repent. When some one sent Cotys a service of costly glass-ware, he instantly broke it, to parry his risk of degrading himself and injuring some unlucky servant who might trip and dash the gift into ruins. Even the Stoics, who were under so great command, whose education was one of restraints and reserves, had nevertheless t...
Title:At Our BestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217177468

ISBN - 13:9780217177467