Elementary Sketches Of Moral Philosophy; Delivered At The Royal Institution, In The Years 1804…

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bySydney Smith

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...the first class, and have received the same name. How it comes about (that large masses of green or blue light should produce any effects similar to those which are produced by benevolence,--that there should be such an analogy between content and smoothness, between any material and any moral beauty--I can not take upon me to determine; but that consent among mankind so to consider them, evinced by the language of many countries, is an evidence that there is some real foundation in nature for the resemblance. The emotion produced by both, is calm and gentle: both are pleasing: both lose their character of the beautiful, the moment that they hurry the mind into any tumultuous sensation, or afflict it with any degree of pain. What was the intention of Providence, in creating this affinity between our minds and the planet on which we dwell, it would be rash, perhaps, to conjecture. The effects of it, however, I can not help thinking, are often very perceptible. The mind, composed by the beauty of natural objects, is brought into that state, in which the beautiful in morals spontaneously rises up t& its notice,, and, amid the fragrance and verdure of the earth, is still more refreshed by the feeling of the mild and amiable virtues. In the stillness of an evening in the summer, when every sense is gratified by the beauties of the creation, we have all felt the kindred beauties of the mind; we have all felt disposed to forgiveness on such moments, to pity, to kindness, to be gracious and merciful to every created being; we have felt ourselves drawn toward virtue by some invisible power, and betrayed into the gentlest and happiest tenor of mind. If the very form and color of things have a tendency to guide the mind of man to rectitude of...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...the first class, and have received the same name. How it comes about (that large masses of green or blue light ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.27 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021746971X

ISBN - 13:9780217469715

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