Excerpt from Sketches of Eminent Statesmen and Writers, Vol. 1 of 2: With Other Essays
The true, the beautiful, the good, form an end to which all tend, towards which some advance, at which very few arrive: it is a long march, and this is as it should be: if man had been thrown here below with the truth found, the beautiful known, the good realised, there would have been nothing more to do, nothing to seek: there would have been neither action, nor life, nor universe.
This train of speculation, without reference to its justness or originality, may help to illustrate the formation of a mind which eventually became more conversant with the hard, positive, and material aspect of men and things, than with the true, the beautiful, the good.
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