The Good Man and the Good: An Introduction to Ethics

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Macmillan, 1918 - 219 ˹
"The underlying purpose of this book is to treat ethics as the study of live men--of willing, struggling human beings, loyal or disloyal, brave or cowardly, just or unjust. To state this purpose in other words: the book does not conceive ethics as a science of abstractions--of duty, goodness, virtue, or values--But as the science of the dutiful, the good, the virtuous man and his object. Thus concretely conceived, ethics is an inevitable outlet of psychology and an essential source of sociological science"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).
 

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˹ 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.
˹ 75 - It is better to be a human being dissatisfied, than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied, than a fool satisfied.
˹ 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.
˹ 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.
˹ 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.
˹ 162 - And so, wearily and little by little, but surely and steadily on the whole, was brought home to the young boy, for the first time, the meaning of his life: that it was no fool's or sluggard's paradise into which he had wandered by chance, but a battle-field, ordained from of old, where there are no spectators, but the youngest must take his side, and the stakes are life and death.
˹ 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...
˹ 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.
˹ 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.
˹ 138 - That labour put a distinction between them and common. That added something to them more than Nature, the common mother of all, had done, and so they became his private right.

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