The Good Man and the Good: An Introduction to Ethics

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Macmillan, 1918 - Ethics - 219 pages

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Page 185 - So nigh is grandeur to our dust, So near is God to man, When Duty whispers low, Thou must, The youth replies, I can.
Page 75 - It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.
Page 22 - tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners ; so that if we will plant nettles or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs or distract it with many, either to have it sterile with idleness or manured with industry, why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills.
Page 63 - That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection.
Page 179 - The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness.
Page 12 - Within my earthly temple there's a crowd: There's one of us that's humble, one that's proud; There's one that's broken-hearted for his sins...
Page 209 - The distinguishing features of any theory which can properly be termed a Religion, is that it should refer to the ultimate source, or sources of things : and that it should suppose this source to be of an objective, intelligent, and personal nature. To apply the term Religion to any other theory is merely to abuse it.
Page 74 - Sum up all the values of all the pleasures on the one side, and those of all the pains on. the other. The balance, if it be on the side of pleasure, will give the good tendency of the act upon the whole, with respect to the interests of that individual person ; if on the side of pain, the bad tendency of it upon the whole.
Page 37 - If you choose to play ! — is my principle. Let a man contend to the uttermost For his life's set prize, be it what it will!
Page 182 - Now suppose that a man has done something obviously harmful to the community. Either some immediate desire, or his individual self, has for once proved stronger than the tribal self. When the tribal self wakes up, the man says, ' In the name of the tribe, I do not like this thing that I, as an individual, have done.

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