The Reflections of a Lonely Man by A. C. M.The Reflections of a Lonely Man by A. C. M.

The Reflections of a Lonely Man

byA. C. M.

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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. 1903. Excerpt: ... THE SEARCH FOR SATISFACTION WHEN the Lonely Man resumed his thinking, he fell to wondering whether such purely physical comforts as food, warmth, and a good smoke, and such purely mental pleasures as reading and reflection, can really satisfy a man. He quickly decided that however much better than non-existence they may make existence, they still leave something to be desired. Can a human being really be satisfied by any means? he mused. I have never known one who was. At least, I have never known one who would admit it. I have noticed, however, that he who most loudly proclaims the vanity of life clings most tenaciously to life and to its vanities--especially to its vanities. It may be (he reflected) that cursing the miseries that one does not have enhances the joys that one does have. Thus, a little dog barks most savagely at a big one when he is on the safe side of the fence. He seems to intensify his realization of his own safety by snarling at a danger which cannot reach him. The pessimist may do the same thing for the same reason; for, when there is no protecting fence, there is likely to be more running than barking, among men as well as among dogs. At all events, the comfort of the body and the entertainment of the mind can satisfy only two of the persons in the human trinity, and man has a threefold being. Of course, anatomically, he does not have. Anatomically he is only a body; but, if it can be avoided, one does not consider one's self anatomically in good society, which my society is. Man has a body, a mind, and a heart. This is not anatomical, but it is true; and it will not do to say that the heart is a mere part of the body, and that the mind is a mere molecular motion of another part. Anatomically this may be true. In the dissecting room ...

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Title:The Reflections of a Lonely ManFormat:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217606229

ISBN - 13:9780217606226

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