Essays On Philosophical Writers And Other Men Of Letters (volume 2)

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byThomas De Quincey

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1856. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Bo much value, and in particular that of Fitzwilliam, with whom I had lived in the strictest friendship from our infancy; to attempt it, too, at a time and in a way which made it almost certain that they would not state the accusation to me, and consequently, that I should have no opportunity to defend myself--this was surely not only malice, hut baseness in the extreme; and if I were to say that I have quite forgiven it, it would be boasting a magnanimity which I cannot feel. 'In these circumstances, therefore, I think that, even not opposing, much more supporting, any motion made in honor of his memory as an individual amongst the rest, without putting myself forward as a mover or seconder, is all that can be expected or desired of me by those who are not admirers of hypocrisy. I shall have great pleasure, however, in seeing your plan for an epitaph for him, and will tell you freely my opinion of it, both in general and in the detail. He was certainly a great man, and had very many good as well as great qualities; but his motto seems the very reverse of ui^trtiyav; and, when his mind had got hold of an object, his whole judgment, as to prudent or imprudent, unbecoming or indecent, nay, right or wrong, was perverted when that object was in question. What Quintilian says of Ovid, "Si ingenio temperare quam indulgere maluisset," was eminently applicable to him, even with respect to his passions. "Si animi sui affectibus temperare quam indulgere maluisset quid vir iste praestare non potuerit?" would be my short character of him. By the way, I do not know that affectibus is the right word; but I know no other.' Monstrous as we must consider this view of Mr. Burke's conduct, which, under every provocation from the underlings of Mr. Fox's party, continued irreproacha...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1856. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Bo much value, and in particular that of Fitzwilliam, with whom I had lived in the strictest friendship from our infancy; to attempt ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021747294X

ISBN - 13:9780217472944

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