On The Duties Of Men; Tr. By R.a. Vain: tr. by R.A. Vain

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bySilvio Pellico

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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. 1869. Excerpt: ... to society. Those are usually the least courageous in circumstances of great danger; to save themselves they would betray father and brothers. The first to desert from an army are those who jeer at the pale faces of their companions and shamefully insult the enemy. CHAPTER XXXII. EXALTED IDEA OF LIFE, AND STRENGTH OF MIND TO MEET DEATH. Many books treat of our moral obligations in a manner more extensive and more splendid; my sole pretension, my young friend, was to offer thee a manual constituting for thee a brief record of all. I shall only add: let us not be daunted by the weight of the obligations which are insupportable alone to the slothful. Let us be of good will, and we shall discern in each duty a mysterious beauty inviting us to love it, we shall feel an admirable power augmenting our force in proportion as we ascend in the arduous way of virtue; we shall find that man is vastly more than that which he seems to be, provided that he will, firmly will to compass the noble end of his destiny, which is to purify himself from all base tendencies, to cultivate in the highest degree those of a superior order, to elevate himself by these means to the immortal possession of God. Love thy life, but not for vulgar pleasures, and for miserable pursuits of ambition. Love it for that which it has of important, of grand, of divine! Love it because it is the arena of merit, and is dear to the Omnipotent, glorious to Him, glorious and necessary to us! Love it despite of its pains, and even for its very pains; since it is these which ennoble it! it is these which are the cause of the germination, the growth, the development of all generous thoughts, all generous inclinations within the mind of man Bear in mind that this life to which thou owest such a great degre...

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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. 1869. Excerpt: ... to society. Those are usually the least courageous in circumstances of great danger; to save themselves they would betray fath...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217266878

ISBN - 13:9780217266871

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