TXTLavTitle; E583| Annotations to Lavater's Aphorisms on Man t1460
EDAnnLav; E583| [Blake is referring to 643: "If you mean to know yourself,
EDAnnLav; E583| interline such of these aphorisms as affected you agreeably in
EDAnnLav; E583| reading, and set a mark to such as left a sense of uneasiness
EDAnnLav; E583| with you; and then shew your copy to whom you please."
EDAnnLav; E583| Blake's mark of uneasiness, a large rough X in the margin,
EDAnnLav; E583| is shown here by an X beside the number of the aphorism. His
EDAnnLav; E583| underlining of agreeable passages is represented by
EDAnnLav; E583| italics, and he occasionally supplements the underlining
EDAnnLav; E583| with a square dagger of emphatic approval, as shown.[<dag>] ]
TXTLav1; E583| 1. Know, in the first place, that mankind agree in essence, as
TXTLav1; E583| they do in their limbs and senses.
TXTLav1; E583| 2. Mankind differ as much in essence as they do in form, limbs,
TXTLav1; E583| and senses-and only so, and not more.
TXTLav3; E584| 3. As in looking upward each beholder thinks himself the
TXTLav3; E584| centre of the sky; so Nature formed her individuals, that each
TXTLav3; E584| must see himself the centre of being.
TXTLav3; E584| Let me refer here, to a remark on aphorism 533 & another on. 630
TXTLav8; E584| 8. Who pursues means of enjoyment contradictory,
TXTLav8; E584| irreconcilable, and self-destructive, is a fool, or what is
TXTLav8; E584| called a sinner-- Sin and destruction of order are the
TXTLav8; E584| same.
AnnLav8; E584| a golden sentence
TXTLav11; E584| 11. The less you can enjoy, the poorer, the scantier
TXTLav11; E584| yourself--the more you can enjoy, the richer, the more vigorous.
TXTLav11; E584| You enjoy with wisdom or with folly, as the gratification of
TXTLav11; E584| your appetites capacitates or unnerves your powers.
AnnLav11; E584| [?Doubtful] false for weak is the joy that is never wearied
TXTLav11; E584| (Written beside the second paragraph)
TXTLav13; E584| 13. Joy and grief decide character. What exalts prosperity?
TXTLav13; E584| what imbitters grief? what leaves us indifferent? what interests
TXTLav13; E584| us? As the interest of man, so his God--as his God, so he.
TXTLav14; E584| 14. What is a man's interest? what constitutes his God,
TXTLav14; E584| the ultimate of his wishes, his end of existence? Either
TXTLav14; E584| that which on every occasion he communicates with the most
TXTLav14; E584| unrestrained cordiality, or hides from every profane eye and ear
TXTLav14; E584| with mysterious awe; to which he makes every other thing a mere
TXTLav14; E584| appendix;--the vortex, the centre, the comparative point from
TXTLav14; E584| which he sets out, on which he fixes, to which he irresistibly
TXTLav14; E584| returns;--that, at the loss of which you may safely think him
TXTLav14; E584| inconsolable;--that which he rescues from the gripe of danger
TXTLav14; E584| with equal anxiety and boldness.
TXTLav14; E584| The story of the painter and the prince is well known: to
TXTLav14; E584| get at the best piece in the artist's collection, . . .
TXTLav14; E584| [All bracketed to this comment:]
AnnLav14; E584| Pure gold
TXTLav14; E584| [The story continues, unmarked, and concludes:] . . . of
TXTLav14; E584| thousands it may be decided what loss, what gain, would affect
TXTLav14; E584| them most. And suppose we cannot pronounce on others, cannot we
TXTLav14; E584| determine on ourselves? This the sage of Nazareth meant when he
TXTLav14; E584| said, WHERE THY TREASURE IS, THERE WILL THY HEART BE ALSO-
TXTLav14; E584| -The object of your love is your God.
AnnLav14; E584| This should be written in gold letters on our temples
TXTLav16; E584| 16. The greatest of characters, no doubt, was he, who, free
TXTLav16; E584| of all trifling accidental helps, could see objects through one
TXTLav16; E584| grand immutable medium, always at hand, and proof against
TXTLav16; E584| illusion and time, reflected by every object, and invariably
TXTLav16; E584| traced through all the fluctuation of things.
TXTLav20; E584| 20. Distinguish with exactness, in thyself and others,
TXTLav20; E584| between WISHES and WILL, in the strictest sense.
TXTLav20; E584| Who has many wishes has generally but little will. Who has
TXTLav20; E584| energy of will has few diverging wishes. Whose will is bent with
TXTLav20; E584| energy on ONE, MUST renounce the wishes for MANY things. Who
TXTLav20; E584| cannot do this is not stamped with the majesty of human nature.
TXTLav20; E584| The energy of choice, the unison of various powers for one is
TXTLav20; E584| only WILL, born under the agonies of self-denial and renounced
TXTLav20; E584| desires.
TXTLav21; E584| X21.Calmness of will is a sign of grandeur. The vulgar, far
TXTLav21; E584| from hiding their WILL, blab their wishes--a single spark of
TXTLav21; E584| occasion discharges the child of passions into a thousand
TXTLav21; E584| crackers of desire.
AnnLav21; E584| uneasy
AnnLav21; E584| See 384.
TXTLav23; E585| 23. Who in the same given time can produce more than many
TXTLav23; E585| others, has VIGOUR; who can produce more and better, has TALENTS;
TXTLav23; E585| who can produce what none else can, has GENIUS.
TXTLav28; E585| 28. The glad gladdens--who gladdens not is not glad.
TXTLav28; E585| fatal to others is so to himself--to him, heaven,
TXTLav28; E585| wisdom, folly, virtue, vice, are equally so--to such an
TXTLav28; E585| one tell neither good nor bad of yourself.
TXTLav28; E585| X32. Let the degree of egotism be the measure of
TXTLav28; E585| confidence.
AnnLav28; E585| uneasy
TXTLav37; E585| X37. The smiles that encourage severity of judgment, hide
TXTLav37; E585| malice and insincerity.
AnnLav37; E585| false
AnnLav37; E585| Aphorisms should be universally true
TXTLav39; E585| X39. Who, without pressing temptation, tells a lie, will,
TXTLav39; E585| without pressing temptation, act ignobly and meanly.
AnnLav39; E585| uneasy
AnnLav39; E585| false
AnnLav39; E585| a man may lie for his own pleasure. but if any one is hurt
AnnLav39; E585| by his lying will confess his lie see N 124
TXTLav40; E585| 40. Who, under pressing temptations to lie, adheres to
TXTLav40; E585| truth, nor to the profane betrays aught of a sacred trust, is
TXTLav40; E585| near the summit of wisdom and virtue.
AnnLav40; E585| Excellent
TXTLav44; E585| 44. YOU can depend on no man, on no friend, but him who can
TXTLav44; E585| depend on himself. He only who acts consequentially
TXTLav44; E585| toward himself will act so toward others, and VICE
TXTLav44; E585| VERSA.
TXTLav44; E585| Man is for ever the same; the same under every form, in all
TXTLav44; E585| situations and relations that admit of free and unrestrained
TXTLav44; E585| exertion. The same regard which you have for yourself, you
TXTLav44; E585| have for others, for nature, for the invisible NUMEN, which you
TXTLav44; E585| call God--Who has witnessed one free]and unconstrained act
TXTLav44; E585| of yours, has witnessed all.
TXTLav54; E585| X54.Frequent laughing has been long called a sign of a
TXTLav54; E585| little mind--whilst the scarcer smile of harmless quiet has been
TXTLav54; E585| complimented as the mark of a noble heart--But to abstain from
TXTLav54; E585| laughing, and exciting laughter, merely not to offend, or to risk
TXTLav54; E585| giving offence, or not to debase the inward dignity of character-
TXTLav54; E585| -is a power unknown to many a vigorous mind.
AnnLav54; E585| I hate scarce smiles I love laughing
TXTLav61; E585| 61. I know not which of these two I should wish to avoid most;
TXTLav61; E585| the scoffer at virtue and religion, who, with heartless villany,
TXTLav61; E585| butchers innocence and truth; or the pietist, who crawls,
TXTLav61; E585| groans, blubbers, and secretly says to gold, thou art m
TXTLav61; E585| hope! and to his belly, thou art my god !
AnnLav61; E585| I hate crawlers
TXTLav62; E586| 62. All moral dependence on him, who has been guilty Of
TXTLav62; E586| ONE act of positive cool villanyagainst an acknowledged,
TXTLav62; E586| virtuous and noble character, is credulity, imbecility, or
TXTLav62; E586| insanity.
AnnLav62; E586| is being like him rather
TXTLav63; E586| 63. The most stormy ebullitions of passion, from
TXTLav63; E586| blasphemy to murder, are less terrific than one single act of
TXTLav63; E586| cool villany: a still RABIES is more dangerous than the paroxisms
TXTLav63; E586| of a fever--Fear the boisterous savage of passion less than the
TXTLav63; E586| sedate grin of villany.
AnnLav63; E586| bravo
TXTLav68; E586| 68. There ought to be a perpetual whisper in the ear of plain
TXTLav68; E586| honesty--take heed not even to pronounce the name of a knave--he
TXTLav68; E586| will make the very sound of his name a handle of mischief. And
TXTLav68; E586| do you think a knave begins mischief to leave off? Know this--
TXTLav68; E586| whether he overcome or be foiled, he will wrangle on.
AnnLav68; E586| therefore pronounce him a knave, why should honesty fear a knave
TXTLav69; E586| 69. Humility and love, whatever obscurities may involve
TXTLav69; E586| religious tenets, constitute the essence of true religion.
TXTLav69; E586| The humble is formed to adore; the loving to associate with
TXTLav69; E586| eternal love.
AnnLav69; E586| Sweet.
TXTLav70; E586| X70. Have you ever seen a vulgar mind warm or humble? or a
TXTLav70; E586| proud one that could love?--where pride begins, love ceases--as
TXTLav70; E586| love, so humility--as both, so the still real power of man.
AnnLav70; E586| <pride may love> (over a deletion)
TXTLav71; E586| X71. Every thing may be mimicked by hypocrisy, but humility
TXTLav71; E586| and love united. The humblest star twinkles most in the darkest
TXTLav71; E586| night--the more rare humility and love united, the more radiant
TXTLav71; E586| where they meet.
AnnLav71; E586| all this may be mimicked very well. this Aphorism
AnnLav71; E586| certainly was an oversight for what are all crawlers but
AnnLav71; E586| mimickers of humility & love
TXTLav71; E586| X73.Modesty is silent when it would not be improper to
TXTLav71; E586| speak: the humble, without being called upon, never recollects to
TXTLav71; E586| say any thing of himself.
AnnLav71; E586| uneasy
TXTLav78; E586| 78. The wrath that on conviction subsides into mildness,
TXTLav78; E586| is the wrath of a generous mind.
TXTLav80; E586| 80. Thousands are hated, whilst none are ever loved, without
TXTLav80; E586| a real cause. The amiable alone can be loved.
TXTLav92; E586| X92.Who instantly does the best that can be done, what no
TXTLav92; E586| other could have done, and what all must acknowledge to be the
TXTLav92; E586| best, is a genius and a hero at once.
AnnLav92; E586| uneasy
TXTLav94; E587| 94. The degree of genius is determined by its velocity,
TXTLav94; E587| clearness, depth, simplicity, copiousness, extent of glance (COUP
TXTLav94; E587| D'OEIL), and instantaneous intuition of the whole at once.
AnnLav94; E587| copiousness of glance
TXTLav98; E587| X98. Before thou callest a man hero or genius, investigate
TXTLav98; E587| whether his exertion has features of indelibility; for all that
TXTLav98; E587| is celestial, all genius, is the offspring of immortality.
AnnLav98; E587| uneasy Sterling
TXTLav107; E587| 107.Who takes from you, ought to give in his turn, or he is a
TXTLav107; E587| thief: I distinguish taking and accepting, robbing and receiving:
TXTLav107; E587| many give already by the mere wish to give; their still
TXTLav107; E587| unequivocal wish of improvement and gratitude, whilst it
TXTLav107; E587| draws from us, opens treasures within us, that might have
TXTLav107; E587| remained locked up, even to ourselves.
AnnLav107; E587| Noble & Generous
TXTLav141; E587| X141. Many trifling inattentions, neglects, indiscretions-
TXTLav141; E587| -are so many unequivocal proofs of dull frigidity, hardness, or
TXTLav141; E587| extreme egotism.
AnnLav141; E587| rather uneasy
TXTLav151; E587| X151. You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose
TXTLav151; E587| intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are characters
TXTLav151; E587| decidedly bad.
AnnLav151; E587| uneasy
AnnLav151; E587| I fear I have not many enemies
TXTLav163; E587| X163. Who, at the pressing solicitation of bold and noble
TXTLav163; E587| confidence, hesitates one moment before he consents, proves
TXTLav163; E587| himself at once inexorable.
AnnLav163; E587| uneasy
AnnLav163; E587| I do not believe it
TXTLav164; E588| X164. Who, at the solicitations of cunning, self-interest,
TXTLav164; E588| silliness, or impudence, hesitates one moment before he refuses,
TXTLav164; E588| proves himself at once a silly giver.
AnnLav164; E588| uneasy
TXTLav165; E588| 165. Examine carefully whether a man is fonder of exceptions
TXTLav165; E588| than of rules; as he makes use of exceptions he is sagacious; as
TXTLav165; E588| he applies them against the rule he is wrong-headed. I heard in
TXTLav165; E588| one day a man, who thought himself wise, . . . sophist's
TXTLav165; E588| character. . . (Vertical line in margin of passage from "rules"
TXTLav165; E588| to "wise")
TXTLav168; E588| X168.Whenever a man undergoes a considerable change, in
TXTLav168; E588| consequence of being observed by others, whenever he assumes
TXTLav168; E588| another gait, another language, than what he had before he
TXTLav168; E588| thought himself observed, be advised to guard yourself against
TXTLav168; E588| him.
AnnLav168; E588| rather uneasy
TXTLav170; E588| 170. I am prejudiced in favour of him who can solicit
TXTLav170; E588| boldly, without impudence--he has faith in humanity--hhas
TXTLav170; E588| faith in himself. No one, who is not accustomed to give grandly,
TXTLav170; E588| can ask nobly and with boldness.
TXTLav200; E588| 200. The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the
TXTLav200; E588| air of a saint--the affectation of sanctity is a blotch on the
TXTLav200; E588| face of piety
AnnLav200; E588| bravo
TXTLav201; E588| 201. There are more heroes than saints; (heroes I call
TXTLav201; E588| rulers over the minds and destinies of men); more saints than
TXTLav201; E588| humane characters, Him, who humanises all that is within and
TXTLav201; E588| around himself, adore: I know but of one such by
TXTLav201; E588| tradition.
AnnLav201; E588| Sweet
TXTLav203; E588| 203. Who seeks those that are greater than himself,
TXTLav203; E588| their greatness enjoys, and forgets his greatest qualities in
TXTLav203; E588| their greater ones, is already truly great
AnnLav203; E588| I hope I do not flatter my self that this is pleasant to me
TXTLav225; E588| 225. The friend of order has made half his way to
TXTLav225; E588| virtue
TXTLav226; E588| X226. There is no mortal truly wise and restless at once-
TXTLav226; E588| -wisdom is the repose of minds.
AnnLav226; E588| rather uneasy
TXTLav242; E588| 242. The connoisseur in painting discovers an original by
TXTLav242; E588| some great line, though covered with dust, and disguised by
TXTLav242; E588| daubing; so he who studies man discovers a valuable character by
TXTLav242; E588| some original trait, though unnoticed, disguised, or debased-
TXTLav242; E588| -ravished at the discovery, he feels it his duty to restore it to
TXTLav242; E588| its own genuine splendour. Him who, in spite of contemptuous
TXTLav242; E588| pretenders, has the boldness to do this, choose for your
TXTLav242; E588| friend
TXTLav244; E588| 244. Who writes what he should tell, and dares not tell what he
TXTLav244; E588| writes, is either like a wolf in sheep's clothing, or like a
TXTLav244; E588| sheep in a wolfs skin.
AnnLav244; E588| Some cannot tell what they can write tho they dare
TXTLav248; E589| 248. Know that the great art to love your enemy consists in
TXTLav248; E589| never losing sight of MAN in him: humanity has power over all
TXTLav248; E589| that is human; the most inhuman man still remains man, and never
TXTLav248; E589| CAN throw off all taste for what becomes a man--but you must
TXTLav248; E589| learn to wait.
AnnLav248; E589| none can see the man in the enemy if he is ignorantly so,
AnnLav248; E589| he is not truly an enemy if maliciously not a man
AnnLav248; E589| I cannot love my enemy for my enemy is not man but beast &
AnnLav248; E589| devil if I have any. I can love him as a beast & wish to beat him
TXTLav254; E589| 254. I know deists, whose religiousness I venerate, and
TXTLav254; E589| atheists, whose honesty and nobleness of mind I wish for; but I
TXTLav254; E589| have not yet seen the man who could have tempteme to think
TXTLav254; E589| him honest who[m] I knew publicly acted the Christian whilst
TXTLav254; E589| privately he was a positive deist
AnnLav254; E589| bravo
TXTLav254; E589| (Whom corrected to who, in accord with Errata
TXTLav254; E589| list)
TXTLav256; E589| 256. He who laughed at you till he got to your door,
TXTLav256; E589| flattered you as you opened it--felt the force of your argument
TXTLav256; E589| whilst he was with you--applauded when he rose, and, after he
TXTLav256; E589| went away, blasts you--has the most indisputable title
TXTLav256; E589| to an archdukedom in hell
AnnLav256; E589| Such a one I can never forgive while he continues such a one
TXTLav272; E589| 272. Who can act or perform as if each workor
TXTLav272; E589| action were the first, the last, and only one in his life, is
TXTLav272; E589| great [in his sphere.
TXTLav272; E589| (The last three words deleted by Blake)
TXTLav276; E589| X276. We can do all by speech and silence. He, who
TXTLav276; E589| understands the double art of speaking opportunely to the moment,
TXTLav276; E589| and of saying not a syllable more or less than it demanded--and
TXTLav276; E589| he who can wrap himself up in silence when every word would be in
TXTLav276; E589| vain--will understand to connect energy with patience.
AnnLav276; E589| uneasy
TXTLav278; E589| 278. Let the unhappiness you feel at another's errors,
TXTLav278; E589| and the happiness you enjoy in their perfections, be the
TXTLav278; E589| measure of your progress in wisdom and virtue
AnnLav278; E589| Excellent
TXTLav279; E589| 279. Who becomes every day more sagacious, in observing his
TXTLav279; E589| own faults, and the perfections of another, without either
TXTLav279; E589| envying him or despairing of himself, is ready to mount the
TXTLav279; E589| ladder on which angels ascend and descend.
AnnLav279; E589| Noble
TXTLav287; E589| 287. The most eloquent speaker, the most ingenious writer, and
TXTLav287; E589| the most accomplished statesman, cannot effect so much as the
TXTLav287; E589| mere presence of the man [who tempers his wisdom and his
TXTLav287; E589| vigour with, humanity.]
TXTLav287; E589| (The last nine words deleted by Blake)
AnnLav287; E589| unsophisticated
TXTLav289; E590| 289. Between the best and the worst, there are, you say,
TXTLav289; E590| innumerable degrees--and you are right; but admit that I am right
TXTLav289; E590| too, in saying that the best and the worst differ only in one
TXTLav289; E590| thing--<dag> in the object of their love.
AnnLav289; E590| <dag>would to God that every one would consider this
TXTLav290; E590| 290. What is it you love in him you love? what is it you
TXTLav290; E590| hate in him you hate? Answer this closely to yourself, pronounce
TXTLav290; E590| it loudly, and you will know yourself and him.
AnnLav290; E590| All Gold
TXTLav301; E590| 301. He has not a little of the devil in him who prays and
TXTLav301; E590| bites.
AnnLav301; E590| there is no other devil, he who bites without praying is
AnnLav301; E590| only a beast
TXTLav302; E590| 302. He who, when called upon to speak a disagreeable
TXTLav302; E590| truth, tells it boldly and has done, is both bolder and milder
TXTLav302; E590| than he who nibbles in a low voice, and never ceases
TXTLav302; E590| nibbling.
AnnLav302; E590| damn such
TXTLav309; E590| 309. He who, at a table of forty covers, thirty-nine of
TXTLav309; E590| which are exquisite, and one indifferent, lays hold of that, and
TXTLav309; E590| with a "damn your dinner" dashes it in the landlord's face,
TXTLav309; E590| should be sent to Bethlem or to Bridewell--and whither he, who
TXTLav309; E590| blasphemes a book, a work of art, or perhaps a man of
TXTLav309; E590| nine-and-thirty good and but one bad quality, and calls those
TXTLav309; E590| fools or flatterers who, engrossed by the superior number of good
TXTLav309; E590| qualities, would fain forget the bad one<?>
TXTLav309; E590| (Question marked added by Blake)
AnnLav309; E590| to hell till he behaves better. mark that I do not believe
AnnLav309; E590| there is such a thing litterally. but hell is the being shut up
AnnLav309; E590| in the possession of corporeal desires which shortly weary the
AnnLav309; E590| man for all life is holy
TXTLav334; E590| 334.. Avoid, like a serpent, him who writes
TXTLav334; E590| impertinently, yet speaks politely
AnnLav334; E590| a dog get a stick to him
TXTLav338; E590| X338. Search carefully if one patiently finishes what he
TXTLav338; E590| boldly began.
AnnLav338; E590| uneasy
TXTLav339; E590| 339. Who comes from the kitchen smells of its smoke;
TXTLav339; E590| who adheres to a sect has something of its cant: the
TXTLav339; E590| college-air pursues the student, and dry inhumanity him who herds
TXTLav339; E590| with literary pedants.
TXTLav341; E590| 341. Call him truly religious who believes in something
TXTLav341; E590| higher, more powerful, more living, than visible nature; and who,
TXTLav341; E590| clear as his own existence, feels his conformity to that superior
TXTLav341; E590| being.
TXTLav342; E591| 342. [Superstition] <Hipocrisy> always inspires
TXTLav342; E591| littleness, religion grandeur of mind: the
TXTLav342; E591| [superstitious] <hypocrite> raises beings inferior to
TXTLav342; E591| himself to deities.
AnnLav342; E591| no man was ever truly superstitious who was not truly
AnnLav342; E591| religious as far as he knew
AnnLav342; E591| True superstition is ignorant honesty & this is beloved of
AnnLav342; E591| god & man
AnnLav342; E591| I do not allow that there is such a thing as Superstition
AnnLav342; E591| taken in the strict sense of the word
AnnLav342; E591| A man must first decieve himself before he is <thus>
AnnLav342; E591| Superstitious & so he is a hypocrite
AnnLav342; E591| Hipocrisy. is as distant from superstition. as the wolf from
AnnLav342; E591| the lamb.
TXTLav343; E591| 343. Who are the saints of humanity? those whom perpetual
TXTLav343; E591| habits of goodness and of grandeur have made nearly unconscious
TXTLav343; E591| that what they do is good or grand--<dag> heroes with
TXTLav343; E591| infantine simplicity
AnnLav343; E591| <dag>this is heavenly
TXTLav366; E591| 366. The purest religion is the most refined Epicurism. He,
TXTLav366; E591| who in the smallest given time can enjoy most of what he never
TXTLav366; E591| shall repent, and what furnisheenjoyments, still more
TXTLav366; E591| unexhausted, still less changeable--is the most religious and the
TXTLav366; E591| most voluptuous of men.
AnnLav366; E591| True Christian philosophy
TXTLav376; E591| 376. Spare the lover without flattering his passion; to make the
TXTLav376; E591| pangs of love the butt of ridicule, is unwise and harsh--soothing
TXTLav376; E591| meekness and wisdom subdue in else unconquerable things.
AnnLav376; E591| and consider that love is life
TXTLav377; E591| 377. There is none so bad to do the twentieth part of the
TXTLav377; E591| evil he might, nor any so good as to do the tenth part of the
TXTLav377; E591| good it is in his power to do. Judge of yourself by the good you
TXTLav377; E591| might do and neglect--and of others by the evil they might do and
TXTLav377; E591| omit--and your judgment will be poised between too much
TXTLav377; E591| indulgence for yourself and too much severity on others.
AnnLav377; E591| Most Excellent
TXTLav383; E592| 383. How can he be pious who loves not the beautiful, whilst
TXTLav383; E592| piety is nothing but the love of beauty? Beauty we Call the
TXTLav383; E592| MOST VARIED ONE, the MOST UNITED VARIETY. Could there be a man
TXTLav383; E592| who should harmoniously unite each variety of knowledge and of
TXTLav383; E592| powers--were he not the most beautiful? were he not your
TXTLav383; E592| god?
AnnLav383; E592| this is our Lord
TXTLav389; E592| X389. We cannot be great, if we calculate how great we and
TXTLav389; E592| how little others are, and calculate not how great others, how
TXTLav389; E592| minute, how impotent ourselves.
AnnLav389; E592| uneasy
TXTLav391; E592| 391. He loves unalterably who keeps within the bounds of
TXTLav391; E592| love; who always shews somewhat less than what he is
TXTLav391; E592| possessed of--nor ever utters a syllable, or
TXTLav391; E592| gives a hint, of more than what in fact remains
TXTLav391; E592| behind--is just and friendly in the same degree.
TXTLav401; E592| 401. Expect the secret resentment of him whom your
TXTLav401; E592| forgiveness has impressed with a sense of his inferiority; expect
TXTLav401; E592| the resentment of the woman whose proffered love you have
TXTLav401; E592| repulsed; yet surer still expect the unceasing rancour of envy
TXTLav401; E592| against the progress of genius and merit--renounce the hopes of
TXTLav401; E592| reconciling him: but know, that whilst you steer on, mindless of
TXTLav401; E592| his grin, allruling destiny will either change his rage to awe,
TXTLav401; E592| or blast his powers to their deepest root.
AnnLav401; E592| If you expect his resentment you do not forgive him
AnnLav401; E592| now. tho you did once forgiveness of enemies can only
AnnLav401; E592| come upon their repentance
TXTLav407; E592| 407. Whatever is visible is the vessel or veil of the
TXTLav407; E592| invisible past, present, future--as man penetrates to this more,
TXTLav407; E592| or perceives it less, he raises or depresses his dignity of
TXTLav407; E592| being.
AnnLav407; E592| A vision of the Eternal Now--
TXTLav409; E592| 409. He alone is good, who, though possessed of energy, prefers
TXTLav409; E592| virtue, with the appearance of weakness, to the invitation of
TXTLav409; E592| acting brilliantly ill
AnnLav409; E592| Noble But Mark Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
TXTLav410; E592| X410. Clearness, rapidity, comprehension of look, glance
TXTLav410; E592| (what the French call 'COUP D'OEIL'), is the greatest, simplest,
TXTLav410; E592| most inexhausted gift a mortal can receive from heaven: who has
TXTLav410; E592| that has all; and who has it not has little of what constitutes
TXTLav410; E592| the good and great.
AnnLav410; E592| uneasy
AnnLav410; E592| doubtful
TXTLav416; E593| 416 He, who to obtain much will suffer little or nothing,
TXTLav416; E593| can never be called great; and none ever little, who, to obtain
TXTLav416; E593| one great object, will suffer much.
AnnLav416; E593| the man who does this is a Sectary therefore not great
TXTLav424; E593| 424. Love sees what no eye sees; love hears what no ear
TXTLav424; E593| hears; and what never rose in the heart of man love prepares for
TXTLav424; E593| itobject.
AnnLav424; E593| Most Excellent
TXTLav426; E593| 426. Him, who arrays malignity in good nature and treachery
TXTLav426; E593| in familiarity, a miracle of Omnipotence alone can make an honest
TXTLav426; E593| man.
AnnLav426; E593| no Omnipotence can act against order
TXTLav427; E593| 427. He, who sets fire to one part of a town to rob more
TXTLav427; E593| safely in another, is, no doubt, a villain: what will you call
TXTLav427; E593| him, who, to avert suspicion from himself, accuses the innocent
TXTLav427; E593| of a crime he knows himself guilty of, and means to commit
TXTLav427; E593| again?
AnnLav427; E593| damn him
TXTLav432; E593| 432. The richer you are, the more calmly you bear the
TXTLav432; E593| reproach of poverty: the more genius you have, the more
TXTLav432; E593| easily you bear the imputation of mediocrity
TXTLav432; E593| 435. There is no instance of a miser becoming a prodigal without
TXTLav432; E593| losing his intellect; but there are thousands of prodigals
TXTLav432; E593| becoming misers; if, therefore, your turn be profuse, nothing
TXTLav432; E593| is so much to be avoided as avariceand, if you be a miser,
TXTLav432; E593| procure a physician who can cure an irremediable disorder.
AnnLav432; E593| Excellent
TXTLav437; E593| 437. Avarice has sometimes been the flaw of great men, but
TXTLav437; E593| never of great minds; great men produce effects that cannot be
TXTLav437; E593| produced by a thousand of the vulgar; but great minds are stamped
TXTLav437; E593| with expanded benevolence, unattainable by most.
TXTLav444; E593| X444. Say what you please of your humanity, no wise man
TXTLav444; E593| will ever believe a syllable while I and MINE are the two only
TXTLav444; E593| gates at which you sally forth and enter, and through which alone
TXTLav444; E593| all must pass who seek admittance.
AnnLav444; E593| uneasy
TXTLav447; E593| 447. Who hides love, to bless with unmixed happiness, is
TXTLav447; E593| great, like the king of heaven.
AnnLav447; E593| I do not understand this or else I do not agree to it I know
AnnLav447; E593| not what hiding love means
TXTLav452; E594| 452. Who has written will write again, says the Frenchman;
TXTLav452; E594| [he who has written against you will write against you
TXTLav452; E594| again]: he who has begun certain things is under the
TXTLav452; E594| [curse] <blessing> of leaving off no more.
TXTLav452; E594| (Text altered by Blake)
TXTLav460; E594| X460. Nothing is more impartial than the stream-like
TXTLav460; E594| public; always the same and never the same; of whom, sooner or
TXTLav460; E594| later, each misrepresented character obtains justice, and each
TXTLav460; E594| calumniated, honour: he who cannot wait for that, is either
TXTLav460; E594| ignorant of human nature, or feels that he was not made for
TXTLav460; E594| honour.
AnnLav460; E594| uneasy
TXTLav463; E594| 463. Who, with calm wisdom alone, imperceptibly directs the
TXTLav463; E594| obstinacy of others, will be the most eligible friend or the most
TXTLav463; E594| dreadful enemy.
AnnLav463; E594| this must be a grand fellow
TXTLav486; E594| X486. Distrust your heart and the durability of your fame,
TXTLav486; E594| if from the stream of occasion you snatch a handful of foam; deny
TXTLav486; E594| the stream, and give its name to the frothy bursting
TXTLav486; E594| bubble.
AnnLav486; E594| Uneasy
AnnLav486; E594| this I lament that I have done
TXTLav487; E594| 487. If you ask me which is the real hereditary sin of
TXTLav487; E594| human nature, do you imagine I shall answer pride? or luxury? or
TXTLav487; E594| ambition? or egotism? no; I shall say indolence--who conquers
TXTLav487; E594| indolence will conquer all the rest.
AnnLav487; E594| Pride fullness of bread & abundance of Idleness was
AnnLav487; E594| the sin of Sodom. See Ezekiel Ch xvi. 49 ver
TXTLav489; E594| 489. An entirely honest man, in the severe sense of the
TXTLav489; E594| word, exists no more than an entirely dishonest knave: the best
TXTLav489; E594| and the worst are only approximations of those qualities. Who
TXTLav489; E594| are those that never contradict themselves? yet honesty never
TXTLav489; E594| contradicts itself: who are those that always contradict
TXTLav489; E594| themselves? yet knavery is mere self-contradiction. Thus the
TXTLav489; E594| knowledge of man determines not the things themselves, but their
TXTLav489; E594| proportions, the quantum of congruities and incongruities.
AnnLav489; E594| Man is a twofold being. one part capable of evil & the other
AnnLav489; E594| capable of good that which is capable of good is not also
AnnLav489; E594| capable of evil. but that which is capable of evil is also
AnnLav489; E594| capable of good. this aphorism seems to consider man as simple &
AnnLav489; E594| yet capable of evil. now both evil & good cannot exist in a
AnnLav489; E594| simple being. for thus 2 contraries would. spring from one
AnnLav489; E594| essence which is impossible. but if man is considerd as only
AnnLav489; E594| evil. & god only good. how then is regeneration effected which
AnnLav489; E594| turns the evil to good. by casting out the evil. by the good.
AnnLav489; E594| See Matthew XII. Ch. 26. 27. 28. 29 vs
TXTLav496; E594| 496. Sense seeks and finds the thought; the thought seeks
TXTLav496; E594| and finds genius.
AnnLav496; E594| & vice. versa. genius finds thought without seekg & thought
AnnLav496; E594| thus, producd finds sense
TXTLav506; E595| 506. The poet, who composes not before the moment of
TXTLav506; E595| inspiration, and as that leaves him ceases--composes, and he
TXTLav506; E595| alone, for all men, all classes, all ages
AnnLav506; E595| Most Excellent
TXTLav507; E595| 507.He, who has frequent moments of complete existence,
TXTLav507; E595| is a hero, though not laurelled, is crowned, and without crowns,
TXTLav507; E595| a king: he only who has enjoyed immortal moments can reproduce
TXTLav507; E595| them
AnnLav507; E595| O that men would seek immortal moments O that men would
AnnLav507; E595| converse with God
TXTLav514; E595| X514. He, who cannot forgive <a> trespass of malice to his
TXTLav514; E595| enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of
TXTLav514; E595| love.
AnnLav514; E595| uneasy this I know not
TXTLav518; E595| X518. You may have hot enemies without having a warm
TXTLav518; E595| friend; but not a fervid friend without a bitter enemy. The
TXTLav518; E595| qualities of your friends will be those of your enemies: cold
TXTLav518; E595| friends, cold enemies--half friends, half enemies--fervid
TXTLav518; E595| enemies, warm friends.
AnnLav518; E595| very Uneasy indeed but truth
TXTLav523; E595| 523. He will do great things who can avert his words and
TXTLav523; E595| thoughts from past irremediable evils.
AnnLav523; E595| .not if evils are past sins. for these a man should never
AnnLav523; E595| avert his thoughts from
TXTLav526; E595| X526. He, who is ever intent on great ends, has an
TXTLav526; E595| eagle-eye for great means, and scorns not the smallest.
AnnLav526; E595| Great ends never look at means but produce them
AnnLav526; E595| spontaneously
TXTLav532; E595| 532. Take from LUTHER his roughness and fiery courage;
TXTLav532; E595| from CALVIN his hectic obstinacy; from ERASMUS his timid
TXTLav532; E595| prudence; hypocrisy and fanaticism from CROMWELL; from HENRY IV,
TXTLav532; E595| his sanguine character; mysticism from FENELON; from HUME his
TXTLav532; E595| all-unhinging wit; love of paradox and brooding suspicion from
TXTLav532; E595| ROUSSEAU; naivete and elegance of knavery from VOLTAIRE; from
TXTLav532; E595| MILTON the extravagance of his all-personifying fancy; from
TXTLav532; E595| RAFFAELLE his dryness and nearly hard precision; and from RUBENS
TXTLav532; E595| his supernatural luxury of colours:--deduct this oppressive
TXTLav532; E595| EXUBERANCE from each; rectify them according to your own
TXTLav532; E595| taste--what will be the result? your own correct, pretty, flat,
TXTLav532; E595| useful--for me, to be sure, quite convenient vulgarity. And why
TXTLav532; E595| this amongst maxims of humanity? that you may learn to know this
TXTLav532; E595| EXUBERANCE, this LEVEN, of each great character, and its effects
TXTLav532; E595| on contemporaries and posterity--that you may know where d, e, f,
TXTLav532; E595| is, there must be a, b, c: he alone has knowledge of man, who
TXTLav532; E595| knows the ferment that raises each character, and makes it that
TXTLav532; E595| which it shall be, and something more or less than it shall
TXTLav532; E595| be.
AnnLav532; E595| Deduct from a rose its redness. from a lilly its whiteness
AnnLav532; E595| from a diamond its hardness from a spunge its softness from an
AnnLav532; E595| oak its heighth from a daisy its lowness & [chaos]
AnnLav532; E595| rectify every thing in Nature as the Philosophers do. & then we
AnnLav532; E595| shall return to Chaos & God will be compelld to be Excentric if he
AnnLav532; E595| Creates O happy Philosopher
AnnLav532; E595| Variety does not necessarily suppose deformity, for a rose
AnnLav532; E595| &a lilly. are various. & both beautiful
AnnLav532; E595| Beauty is exuberant but not of ugliness but of beauty & if
AnnLav532; E595| ugliness is adjoined
AnnLav532; E596| to beauty it is not the exuberance of beauty. so if Rafael is
AnnLav532; E596| hard & dry it is not his genius but an accident acquired for how
AnnLav532; E596| can Substance & Accident be predicated of the same Essence! I
AnnLav532; E596| cannot concieve
AnnLav532; E596| But the substance gives tincture to the accident & makes it
AnnLav532; E596| physiognomic
AnnLav532; E596| Aphorism 47. speaks of the heterogeneous, which all
AnnLav532; E596| extravagance is. but exuberance not.
TXTLav532; E596| (47: Man has an inward sense of consequence--of all that
TXTLav532; E596| is pertinent. This sense is the essence of humanity: this,
TXTLav532; E596| developed and determined, characterises him--this, displayed, is
TXTLav532; E596| his education. The more strict you are in observing what is
TXTLav532; E596| pertinent and impertinent, (or heterogeneous) in character,
TXTLav532; E596| actions, works of art and literature--the wiser, nobler, greater,
TXTLav532; E596| the more humane yourself.)
TXTLav533; E596| 533. I have often, too often, been tempted, at the daily
TXTLav533; E596| relation of new knaveries, to despise human nature in every
TXTLav533; E596| individual, till, on minute anatomy of each trick, I found that
TXTLav533; E596| the knave was only an ENTHUSIAST or MOMENTARY FOOL. This
TXTLav533; E596| discovery of momentary folly, symptoms of which assail the wisest
TXTLav533; E596| and the best, has thrown a great consolatory light on my
TXTLav533; E596| inquiries into man's moral nature: by this the theorist is
TXTLav533; E596| enabled to assign to each class and each individual its own
TXTLav533; E596| peculiar fit of vice or folly; and, by the same, he has it in his
TXTLav533; E596| power to contrast the ludicrous or dismal catalogue with the more
TXTLav533; E596| pleasing one of sentiment and virtue, more properly their own.
AnnLav533; E596| man is the ark of God the mercy seat is above upon the ark
AnnLav533; E596| cherubims guard it on either side & in the midst is the holy law.
AnnLav533; E596| man is either the ark of God or a phantom of the earth & of the
AnnLav533; E596| water if thou seekest by human policy to guide this ark.
AnnLav533; E596| remember Uzzah II Sam l. [erasure] VI Ch:
AnnLav533; E596| knaveries are not human nature knaveries are knaveries See
AnnLav533; E596| N 554
AnnLav533; E596| this aphorism seems to me to want discrimination
TXTLav534; E596| 534. He, who is the master of the fittest moment to crush
TXTLav534; E596| his enemy, and magnanimously neglects it, is born to be a
TXTLav534; E596| conqueror.
AnnLav534; E596| this was old George the second
TXTLav539; E596| 539. A great woman not imperious, a fair woman not vain, a
TXTLav539; E596| woman of common talents not jealous, an accomplished woman, who
TXTLav539; E596| scorns to shine--are four wonders, just great enough to be
TXTLav539; E596| divided among the four quarters of the globe.
AnnLav539; E596| let the men do their duty & the women will be such wonders,
AnnLav539; E596| the female life [fro] lives from the light of the male.
AnnLav539; E596| see a mans female dependants you know the man
TXTLav549; E596| 549. He, who [hates] <loves> the wisest and best
TXTLav549; E596| of men, [hates] <loves> the Father of men; for where is
TXTLav549; E596| the Father of men to be seen but in the most perfect of his
TXTLav549; E596| children
AnnLav549; E596| this is true worship
TXTLav552; E596| 552. He, who adores an impersonal God, has none; and,
TXTLav552; E596| without guide or rudder, launches on an immense abyss that first
TXTLav552; E596| absorbs his powers, and next himself
AnnLav552; E596| Most superlatively beautiful & Most affectionatly Holy &
AnnLav552; E596| pure would to God that all men would consider it
TXTLav554; E597| 554. The enemy of art is the enemy of nature; art is
TXTLav554; E597| nothing but the highest sagacity and exertion of human nature;
TXTLav554; E597| and what nature will he honour who honours not the
TXTLav554; E597| human
AnnLav554; E597| human nature is the image of God
TXTLav559; E597| 559. Whose promise may you depend upon? his who dares refuse
TXTLav559; E597| what he knows he cannot perform; who promises calmly, strictly,
TXTLav559; E597| conditionally, and never excites a hope which he may
TXTLav559; E597| disappoint
TXTLav566; E597| 566.Neither patience nor inspiration can give wings to
TXTLav566; E597| a snail--you waste your own force, you destroy what remained
TXTLav566; E597| of energy in the indolent, by urging him to move beyond his rate
TXTLav566; E597| of power.
TXTLav574; E597| 574. There are certain light characteristic momentary
TXTLav574; E597| features of man, which, in spite of masks and all exterior
TXTLav574; E597| mummery, represent him as he is and shall be. If once in an
TXTLav574; E597| individual you have discovered one ennobling feature, let him
TXTLav574; E597| debase it, let it at times shrink from him, no matter; he
TXTLav574; E597| will, in the end, prove superior to thousands of his
TXTLav574; E597| critics
AnnLav574; E597| the wise man falleth 7 times in a day & riseth again &/c
TXTLav576; E597| 576. The man who has and uses but one scale for every thing, for
TXTLav576; E597| himself and his enemy, the past and the future, the grand and the
TXTLav576; E597| trifle, for truth and error, virtue and vice, religion,
TXTLav576; E597| superstition, infidelity; for nature, art, and works of genius
TXTLav576; E597| and art-is truly wise, just, great.
AnnLav576; E597| this is most true but how does this agree with 451
TXTLav577; E597| X577. The infinitely little constitutes the infinite
TXTLav577; E597| difference in works of art, and in the degrees of morals and
TXTLav577; E597| religion; the greater the rapidity; precision, acuteness, with
TXTLav577; E597| which this is observed and determined, the more authentic, the
TXTLav577; E597| greater the observer.
AnnLav577; E597| uneasy
TXTLav580; E597| 580. Range him high amongst your saints, who, with
TXTLav580; E597| all-acknowledged powers, and his own stedfast scale for every
TXTLav580; E597| thing, can, on the call of judgment or advice, submit to
TXTLav580; E597| transpose himself into another's situation, and to adopt his
TXTLav580; E597| point of sight
TXTLav596; E598| 596 "Love as if you could hate and might be hated;"--a
TXTLav596; E598| maxim of detested prudence in real friendship, the bane of all
TXTLav596; E598| tenderness, the death of all familiarity. Consider the fool
TXTLav596; E598| who follows it as nothing inferior to him who at every, bit of
TXTLav596; E598| bread trembles at the thought of its being poisoned
AnnLav596; E598| Excellent
TXTLav597; E598| 597. "Hate as if you could love or should be loved;"--him
TXTLav597; E598| who follows this maxim, if all the world were to declare an idiot
TXTLav597; E598| and enthusiast, I shall esteem, of all men, the most eminently
TXTLav597; E598| formed for friendship.
AnnLav597; E598| Better than Excellent
TXTLav600; E598| 600. Distinguish with exactness, if you mean to know
TXTLav600; E598| yourself and others, what is so often mistaken--the SINGULAR,
TXTLav600; E598| the ORIGINAL, the EXTRAORDINARY, the GREAT, and the SUBLIME
TXTLav600; E598| man: the SUBLIME alone unites the singular, original,
TXTLav600; E598| extraordinary, and great, with his own uniformity and simplicity:
TXTLav600; E598| the GREAT, with many powers, and uniformity of ends, is destitute
TXTLav600; E598| of that superior calmness and inward harmony which soars
TXTLav600; E598| above the atmosphere of praise: the EXTRAORDINARY is
TXTLav600; E598| distinguished by copiousness, and a wide range of energy: the
TXTLav600; E598| ORIGINAL need not be very rich, only that which he produces
TXTLav600; E598| is unique, and has the exclusive stamp of individuality: the
TXTLav600; E598| SINGULAR, as such, is placed between originality and whim, and
TXTLav600; E598| often makes a trifle the medium of fame.
TXTLav602; E598| X602. If you mean to be loved, give more than what is
TXTLav602; E598| asked, but not more than what is wanted; [and ask less than
TXTLav602; E598| what is expected.]
AnnLav602; E598| this is human policy as it is calld--this whole aphorism is
AnnLav602; E598| an oversight
TXTLav603; E598| 603. Whom smiles and [tears] <frowns> make equally
TXTLav603; E598| lovely, [all]<only good> hearts [may] <can or
TXTLav603; E598| dare> court.
TXTLav604; E598| 604. Take here the grand secret--if not of pleasing all, yet of
TXTLav604; E598| displeasing none--court mediocrity, avoid originality, and
TXTLav604; E598| sacrifice to fashion.
AnnLav604; E598| & go to hell
TXTLav605; E598| 605. He who pursues the glimmering steps of hope, with
TXTLav605; E598| stedfast, not presumptuous, eye, may pass the gloomy rock, on
TXTLav605; E598| either side of which [superstition] <hypocrisy> and
TXTLav605; E598| incredulity their dark abysses spread.
AnnLav605; E598| Superstition has been long a bug bear by reason of its being
AnnLav605; E598| united with hypocrisy. but let them be fairly seperated & then
AnnLav605; E598| superstition will be honest feeling & God who loves all honest
AnnLav605; E598| men. will lead [them] the poor enthusiast in the paths
AnnLav605; E598| of holiness
TXTLav607; E598| X607. Him who is hurried on by the furies of immature,
TXTLav607; E598| impetuous wishes, stern repentance shall drag, bound and
TXTLav607; E598| reluctant, back to the place from which he sallied: where you
TXTLav607; E598| hear the crackling of wishes expect intolerable vapours or
TXTLav607; E598| repining grief.
AnnLav607; E598| uneasy
TXTLav609; E598| 609. Venerate four characters; the sanguine, who has
TXTLav609; E598| checked volatility and the rage for pleasure; the choleric,
TXTLav609; E598| who has subdued passion and pride; the phlegmatic, emerged from
TXTLav609; E598| indolence; and the melancholy, who has dismissed avarice,
TXTLav609; E598| suspicion, and asperity
AnnLav609; E598| 4 most holy men
TXTLav612; E599| 612. Men carry their character not seldom in their pockets: you
TXTLav612; E599| night decide on more than half of your acquaintance, had you
TXTLav612; E599| will or right to turn their pockets inside out.
AnnLav612; E599| I seldom carry money in my pockets they are generally full
AnnLav612; E599| of paper [for (6 or 7 words erased)]
TXTLav616; E599| 616. Love and hate are the genius of invention, the parents of
TXTLav616; E599| virtue and of vice--forbear to decide on yourself till you
TXTLav616; E599| have had opportunities of warm attachment or deep dislike
AnnLav616; E599| True Experience
TXTLav619; E599| X619. Each heart is a world of nations, classes, and
TXTLav619; E599| individuals; full of friendships, enmities, indifferences; . . .
TXTLav619; E599| the number and character of your friends within bears an exact
TXTLav619; E599| resemblance to your external ones; . . . Be assured then, that to
TXTLav619; E599| know yourself perfectly you have only to set down a true
TXTLav619; E599| statement of those that ever loved or hated you.
AnnLav619; E599| uneasy because I cannot do this
TXTLav623; E599| 623. Avoid connecting yourself with characters whose good
TXTLav623; E599| and bad sides are unmixed, and have not fermented together; they
TXTLav623; E599| resemble phials of vinegar and oil, or pallets set with colours:
TXTLav623; E599| they are either excellent at home and intolerable abroad, or
TXTLav623; E599| insufferable within doors and excellent in public; they are
TXTLav623; E599| unfit for friendship, merely because their stamina, their
TXTLav623; E599| ingredients of character, are too single, too much apart; let
TXTLav623; E599| them be finely ground up with each other, and they will be
TXTLav623; E599| incomparable.
AnnLav623; E599| Most Excellent
TXTLav624; E599| X624. The fool separates his object from all surrounding
TXTLav624; E599| ones; all abstraction is temporary folly.
AnnLav624; E599| uneasy because I once thought otherwise but now know it is
AnnLav624; E599| Truth
TXTLav626; E599| 626. Let me repeat it--He only is great who has the habits
TXTLav626; E599| of greatness; who, after performing what none in ten thousand
TXTLav626; E599| could accomplish, passes on, like Samson, and "TELLS NEITHER
TXTLav626; E599| FATHER NOR MOTHER OF IT.
AnnLav626; E599| This is Excellent
TXTLav630; E599| 630. A GOD, an ANIMAL, a PLANT, are not companions of man;
TXTLav630; E599| nor is the FAULTLESS--then judge with lenity of all; the coolest,
TXTLav630; E599| wisest, best, all without exception, have their points, their
TXTLav630; E599| moments of enthusiasm, fanaticism, absence of mind,
TXTLav630; E599| faint-heartedness, stupidity--if you allow not for these, your
TXTLav630; E599| criticisms on man will be a mass of accusations or
TXTLav630; E599| caricatures.
AnnLav630; E599| It is the God in all that is our companion &
AnnLav630; E599| friend, for our God himself says, you are my brother my sister &
AnnLav630; E599| my mother; & St John. Whoso dwelleth in love dwelleth in God &
AnnLav630; E599| God in him. & such an one cannot judge of any but in love. & his
AnnLav630; E599| feelings will be attractions or repulses
AnnLav630; E599| See Aphorisms 549 & 554
AnnLav630; E599| God is in the lowest effects as well as in the highest
AnnLav630; E599| causes for he is become a worm that he may nourish the weak
AnnLav630; E599| For let it be rememberd that creation is. God descending
AnnLav630; E599| according to the weakness of man for our Lord is the word of God
AnnLav630; E599| & every thing on earth is the word of God & in its essence is God
TXTLav631; E599| 631. Genius always gives its best at first, prudence at
TXTLav631; E599| last
TXTLav633; E599| 633. You think to meet with some additions here to your stock of
TXTLav633; E599| moral knowledge--and not in vain, I hope: but know, a great many
TXTLav633; E599| rules cannot be given by him who means not to offend, and many of
TXTLav633; E599| mine have perhaps offended already;
AnnLav633; E600| Those who are offended [bu] with any thing in this
AnnLav633; E600| book would be offended with the innocence of a child & for the
AnnLav633; E600| same reason. because it reproaches him with the errors of
AnnLav633; E600| acquired folly.
TXTLav633; E600| believe me, for him who has an open ear and eye, every
TXTLav633; E600| minute teems with observations of precious import, yet scarcely
TXTLav633; E600| communicable to the most faithful friend; so incredibly weak, so
TXTLav633; E600| vulnerable in certain points, is man: forbear to meddle with
TXTLav633; E600| these at your first setting out, and make amusement the minister
TXTLav633; E600| of reflection: sacrifice all egotism--sacrifice ten points to
TXTLav633; E600| one, if that one have the value of twenty; and if you are happy
TXTLav633; E600| enough to impress your disciple with respect for himself, with
TXTLav633; E600| probability of success in his exertions of growing better; and,
TXTLav633; E600| above all, with the idea of your disinterestedness--you may
TXTLav633; E600| perhaps succeed in making one proselyte to virtue.
AnnLav633; E600| --lovely.
TXTLav635; E600| 635. Keep your heart from him who begins his acquaintance
TXTLav635; E600| with you by indirect flattery of your favourite paradox or
TXTLav635; E600| foible.
AnnLav635; E600| unless you find it to be his also. previous to your acquaintance
TXTLav636; E600| 636. Receive no satisfaction for premeditated
TXTLav636; E600| impertinence--forget it, forgive it--but keep him inexorably at a
TXTLav636; E600| distance who offered it.
AnnLav636; E600| This is a paradox
TXTLav638; E600| X638. Let the cold, who offers the nauseous mimickry of
TXTLav638; E600| warm affection, meet with what he deserves--a repulse; but from
TXTLav638; E600| that moment depend on his irreconcilable enmity.
AnnLav638; E600| uneasy because I do not know how to do this but I will try
AnnLav638; E600| to [xxxx] do it the first opportunity
TXTLav640; E600| 640. The moral enthusiast, who in the maze of his
TXTLav640; E600| refinements loses or despises the plain paths of honesty and
TXTLav640; E600| duty, is on the brink of crimes.
AnnLav640; E600| Most True
TXTLav; E600| [p224] End of Vol. 1.
AnnLav-last; E600| I hope no one will call what I have written cavilling
AnnLav-last; E600| because he may think my remarks of small consequence For I
AnnLav-last; E600| write from the warmth of my heart. & cannot resist the impulse I
AnnLav-last; E600| feel to rectify what I think false in a book I love so much. &
AnnLav-last; E600| approve so generally
TXTLav; E600| [p225, blank]
AnnLav-last; E600| Man is bad or good. as he unites himself with bad or good
AnnLav-last; E600| spirits. tell me with whom you go & Ill tell you what you do
AnnLav-last; E600| As we cannot experience pleasure but by means of others.
AnnLav-last; E600| [As we are] who experience either pleasure or pain thro
AnnLav-last; E600| us. And as all of us on earth are united in thought, for it is
AnnLav-last; E600| impossible to think without images of somewhat on earth--So it is
AnnLav-last; E600| impossible to know God or heavenly things without conjunction
AnnLav-last; E600| with those who know God & heavenly things. therefore, all who
AnnLav-last; E600| converse in the spirit, converse with spirits. [& these are
AnnLav-last; E600| either Good or Evil]
AnnLav-last; E600| For these reasons I say that this Book is written by
AnnLav-last; E600| consultation with Good Spirits because it is Good. & that the
AnnLav-last; E600| name Lavater. is the amulet of those who purify the heart of man.
AnnLav-last; E600| There is a strong objection to Lavaters principles (as I
AnnLav-last; E600| understand them) & that is He makes every thing originate in
AnnLav-last; E600| its accident he makes the
AnnLav-last; E601| vicious propensity <not only> a leading feature of the man but
AnnLav-last; E601| the Stamina on which all his virtues grow. But as I understand
AnnLav-last; E601| Vice it is a Negative--It does not signify what the laws of Kings
AnnLav-last; E601| & Priests have calld Vice we who are philosophers ought not to
AnnLav-last; E601| call the Staminal Virtues of Humanity by the same name that we
AnnLav-last; E601| call the omissions of intellect springing from poverty
AnnLav-last; E601| Every mans <leading> propensity ought to be calld his
AnnLav-last; E601| leading Virtue & his good Angel But the Philosophy of Causes &
AnnLav-last; E601| Consequences misled Lavater as it has all his cotemporaries.
AnnLav-last; E601| Each thing is its own cause & its own effect Accident is the
AnnLav-last; E601| omission of act in self & the hindering of act in another, This
AnnLav-last; E601| is Vice but all Act [<from Individual propensity>] is
AnnLav-last; E601| Virtue. To hinder another [P 227, blank] is not an act it is the
AnnLav-last; E601| contrary it is a restraint on action both in ourselves & in the
AnnLav-last; E601| person hinderd. for he who hinders another omits his own duty. at
AnnLav-last; E601| the time
AnnLav-last; E601| Murder is Hindering Another
AnnLav-last; E601| Theft is Hindering Another
AnnLav-last; E601| Backbiting. Undermining C[i]rcumventing & whatever is
AnnLav-last; E601| Negative is Vice
AnnLav-last; E601| But the or[i]gin of this mistake in Lavater & his
AnnLav-last; E601| cotemporaries, is, They suppose that Womans Love is Sin. in
AnnLav-last; E601| consequence all the Loves & Graces with them are Sin