Pessimism, a History and a Criticism

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Pàgina 305 - It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.
Pàgina 24 - THE flower that smiles to-day To-morrow dies; All that we wish to stay Tempts and then flies. What is this world's delight? Lightning that mocks the night, Brief even as bright.
Pàgina 16 - Dreams, books, are each a world ; and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good : Bound these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow.
Pàgina 321 - Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend, Before we too into the Dust descend; Dust into Dust, and under Dust, to lie, Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and— sans End! Alike for those who for TODAY prepare, And those that after some TOMORROW stare, A Muezzin from the Tower of Darkness cries, 'Fools, your Reward is neither Here nor There.
Pàgina 25 - tis not in The harmony of things, — this hard decree, This uneradicable taint of sin, This boundless upas, this all-blasting tree...
Pàgina 17 - I have seen all the works that are done under the sun ; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Pàgina 24 - Count o'er the joys thine hours have seen, Count o'er thy days from anguish free, And know, whatever thou hast been, 'Tis something better not to be.
Pàgina 56 - All nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good. And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite, One truth is clear,
Pàgina 58 - What can be added to the happiness of the man who is in health, who is out of debt, and has a clear conscience...
Pàgina 315 - tis all a cheat; Yet, fooled with hope, men favour the deceit; Trust on, and think to-morrow will repay: To-morrow's falser than the former day; Lies worse, and, while it says, we shall be blest With some new joys, cuts off what we possest.

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