Remarks on the Writings and Conduct of J.J. Rousseau

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T. Cadell [&c., &c.], 1767 - 144 páginas
 

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Página 37 - Yet sage instructions, to refine the soul And raise the genius, wondrous aid impart, .Conveying, inward as they purely roll, Strength to the mind, and vigour to the heart : When morals fail, the stains of vice disgrace The fairest honours, and the noblest race.
Página 142 - ... fitted to trace the flow of things to their source — hence melancholy : impatient of constraint — hence to indiscretion the slave of what truths he discovered or seemed to discover: to excess fond of independence — hence incapable of affairs, with all the talents and unfit for connexions with all the qualities for them — a man in the theory, a child in the practice of life — the other, c — But why draw 86 characters? If Rousseau was a knave, he was a fool. Er führt darauf das Urtheil...
Página 117 - I have no local attachments. It is indifferent to me whether a man was rocked in his cradle on this side or that side of the Tweed. I sought for merit wherever it was to be found. It is my boast that I was the first minister who looked for it, and found it, in the mountains of the North. I called it forth, and drew into your service a hardy and intrepid race of men...
Página 50 - Mont. O. t. 7. Jy, faints away fo pallid, or mixes fo mcltingly with your heart — that you cry out, " There is more than head, art, me" mory — there is truth, fentiment, foul!" • Such is the language of genius ; and do you think it employs another, when virtue is the theme ? Nothing is fo eafily found out as moral copies and originals.
Página 70 - Twere now to be moft happy •, for, I fear, My foul hath her content fo abfolute, That not another comfort like to this Succeeds in unknown fate.
Página 141 - Plato teaches it — Some clothe it with mortality, others, with Ulysses, find its phantom only among the Cimmerians — It floats on motives, interests, circumstances, characters, errors — Misconstrued, misapplied it often founders on chance, trifles, whims, fashion. There is a blackguard and there is a genteel virtue. Some can have its dignity, others its honesty only — zs most cannot have it at all.
Página 94 - He had a clearness and precision of ideas which furnished him with expressions of almost intuitive justness; he had not read so much as meditated; his talent was to reduce a book to one idea, to encompass the sphere of possibilities, and to compare them with existence. Master of nature's boldest strokes, and all its simplicity, he was luxuriant, yet modest, and true to virtue, though courted by the passions.
Página 19 - On the origin of inequality among man" kind, and if the law of nature authorifes it *. UCH is the queftion, whofe celebrated anfwer — known to all, read by few, underftood by lefs — was yet univerfally cenfured. Thofe for whom 'tis written, will eafily find it to be the philofophical analyfis * Difcoun fur cette...
Página 49 - Suppose it even employed in the highroads of argument or composition — there is a light of method, a chain of truths, a nerve of...

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