Plutarch, His Life, His Lives And His Morals, 4 Lectures

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byRichard Chenevix Trench

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... LECTURE IV. Plutarch's Morals. (Continued.) We have not yet undertaken the analysis of any one of Plutarch's moral treatises, and I must despair of finding time for such an analysis as should be exhaustive even of the very briefest among these. It will, I believe, be a better economy of our time, if I pass under review a very few of the most noteworthy of these treatises, and briefly call your attention to some salient points which they offer. Let us then first deal with two which the moralist himself links closely together, on the ground that the faults which they severally note have intimate connection, though one which might be easily missed, with one another. The first of these, On Chattering, or On Intemperate Speech, may be regarded as a long, and yet not a very long, commentary on the words of the Psalmist, 'A man full of words shall not prosper on the earth.' Very amusing is the indignation with which he denounces here the man who has not a door, and one which, when need is, he can keep shut, to his mouth,--a man i8vfiMri'fjun, as elsewhere he calls him. Some faults, he observes, are ridiculous, some odious, some dangerous; but this is all three in one: which then he proceeds by various examples--for such are never wanting to him--to prove. 'We think ill of traitors, who for a great reward, or who, it may be, under strong torments, reveal secrets which have been confided to them; but this chatterer is one who reveals them under no temptation, no compulsion at all.' And then, urging how this is a vice which infects the whole life of a man, he proceeds: 'The drunkard babbles at his wine; but the prattler doth it always and in every place, in the market, in the theatre, walking, sitting, by day, by night. Does he wait on the sick?...

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... LECTURE IV. Plutarch's Morals. (Continued.) We have not yet undertaken the analysis of any one of Plutarch's m...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021725005X

ISBN - 13:9780217250054

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