Departure; Or, Selections From Jottings Of Twenty Years by Thomas Jefferson RiceDeparture; Or, Selections From Jottings Of Twenty Years by Thomas Jefferson Rice

Departure; Or, Selections From Jottings Of Twenty Years

byThomas Jefferson Rice

Paperback | January 4, 2012

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1875. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXIII * BRIEF REMARKS UPON NUMEROUS SUBJECTS. DISCRETION A PRIMARY VIRTUE. As a rule, men are in duty bound to speak the truth, as they at the time understand it to be; in certain cases, however, they are not only at liberty not to. tell the truth, as they believe the same to be, but to prevaricate, and even to state what they know to be false. As, for a too familiar example, when one is being perseveringly questioned by some inquisitive busy-body in the guise of a friend, as to things which do not concern him; and where the answers, if truthful, would be powerless to do good, and only potent to work mischief. Men are in duty bound to be prudent toward themselves as well as just toward others;--are in duty bound so to speak and so to act as not unnecessarily to injure themselves, or be the cause of dissentions which give no promise of yielding any compensating benefits. DEATH A PURIFIER. No matter how good or how great, all men whilst living are seen to be human beings, are known to be imperfect, have many warm friends, and many bitter enemies; and hence they are not unfrequently applauded and condemned for the self-same acts. In passing through the gate of death, however, they become purged of nearly all their faults, without losing a single one of all their many virtues; by lying in their graves a number of years, they become perfect; and, by lying therein for long centuries, veritable saints.--Such is the influence of veneration upon intellect and memory. *notb.--As this volume is wholly composed, as its title imports, of selections made from a mass of fragmentary writings, extending over a term of full twenty years ; so, when reading this chapter, it would be well to understand that nearly every piece herein is really supplemental to something which has already been sai...
Title:Departure; Or, Selections From Jottings Of Twenty YearsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:132 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:January 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217464912

ISBN - 13:9780217464918