Politics and Metaphysics

Paperback | January 30, 2012

byFrank Preston Stearns

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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. 1915. Excerpt: ... POLITICS AND METAPHYSICS THE MAN OF DESTINY THE French Revolution raged like an awful conflagration, in which human beings, not buildings, were consumed; and when it had burned to ashes, there stood Napoleon, like a compressed little god of war, the most perfectly developed man of action in modern times. Lord Bacon says, "Augustus Caesar was endowed, if ever man was, with a greatness of mind, calm, serene, and well ordered; witness the exceeding great actions which he conducted in his early youth." This estimate of Bacon's applies even better to Napoleon than to Augustus; for the latter, though he showed remarkable judgment and self-command at the time of his uncle's death, was not the general who won the battle of Philippi. It was Mark Anthony who carried the popular party safely through that crisis, and historians have not yet given him sufficient credit for this. The well-known bust of the young Augustus, which is in the Capitoline Museum, bears a resemblance to Napoleon, which all observers notice; but at a later time his head did not develop to such full, well-rounded capacity. If in addition to the qualities mentioned by Bacon we make a list of other virtues, such as diligence, punctuality, determination, readiness, versatility, correct observation, mental composure, firmness, and courage, Napoleon is one of the few historical characters who possessed them all. Then if we add a vivid imagination, a rare inventive faculty, and a ready appreciation of fine and beautiful things, we may turn him about and look at him, on every side, without finding a flaw anywhere in him. He seems to be a complete man. If not scrupulously veracious, he had at least a veracious nature; the nature of a man who loves good work in himself and others. No doubt he was ambitio...

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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. 1915. Excerpt: ... POLITICS AND METAPHYSICS THE MAN OF DESTINY THE French Revolution raged like an awful conflagration, in which human beings, no...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217866670

ISBN - 13:9780217866675

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