The Stoic; Or, Memoirs of Eurysthenes the Athenian

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Smith, Elder, 1834 - Stoics in literature - 111 pages

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Page 86 - Christ and his kingdom, its nature, origin, and time of appearance, and explained that it was neither of the world nor earthly, but heavenly and angelic, and it would be at the end of the world, when he would come in glory to judge the living and the dead and to reward every man according to his deeds.
Page 72 - ... than any of them has power to act upon me against my will by mere physical impulsion; and through my intelligence I am the only one who can examine all the rest. What being here below, except man, can observe others, measure, calculate, forecast their motions, their effects, and unite, so to speak, the feeling of a common existence with that of his individual existence ? What is there so absurd in the thought that all things are made for me, when I alone can relate all things to myself ? It is...
Page 67 - WAS in a state of uncertainty and doubt; a state which cannot last long; it is unquiet and painful. Although many and great misfortunes have fallen upon me, my life has never been so constantly disagreeable to me as in this time of trouble and anxiety ; when wandering from doubt to doubt, I gained little from my long and frequent meditations than uncertainty as to the cause of my existence. To doubt of things which it is important for us to know, is too violent a state for the human mind, it will...
Page 21 - My father, ever anxious to improve my understanding, was unwilling that I should enter into these ceremonies, as some of my fellow-countrymen did, thoughtlessly, and without being acquainted with their true meaning. He, therefore, for some time, made it the subject of our private conversations, explaining to me every particular relating to them. He told me that the lesser mysteries were designed by the ancient theologists, the founders of them, to signify occultly the condition of the impure soul...
Page 96 - ... inhabitants of the realms above. What pleasure of life is unmixed with sorrow ? What glory upon earth is of long continuance ? All are more fleeting than a shadow, all are more deceitful than a dream ! In one moment death endeth all. I thought of the shortness of life;—all human things are vain, which cannot survive the grave: Will riches survive ? or will glory attend beyond the tomb ? Where are the affections of the world? Where the vain dream of temporary delights ? All, all passeth away...
Page 96 - ... first grave dug in the little spot of ground which we had marked out for the burial place of the persecuted, and she was followed to that grave by the sighs and tears of those among whom she had been as an angel sent for awhile to suffering mortals, to shew to them the inhabitants of the realms above.
Page 21 - The lesser mysteries," he writes, " were designed by the ancient theologists, their founders, to signify occultly the condition of the impure soul invested with a terrene body, and merged in a material nature : or, in other words, to signify that such a soul in the present life might be said to die, as far as it is possible for soul to die ; and that on...
Page 86 - ... the dead, and to give to every one according to his works. That according to the principles of Christianity, all mankind, without any distinction of high or low, rich or poor, are equally candidates for a happy immortality. A slight colour tinged her cheek as she spoke, and often the fervour of her piety made her manner not merely earnest, but energetic; but when she had finished, her head again sunk upon her bosom, and she appeared meekly and patiently to await her sentence.
Page 69 - ... and sentient? I must judge of it by analogy, I must compare it with something, and nothing so readily presented itself as fit for my purpose as myself; and this comparison induced me to think that this world is not a great animal which moves of itself, for I could not discover that it has any thing of the union, organization, or feeling, common to the parts of an animated body.

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