This volume of Nevelet forms a complete "Corpus Fabularum Aesopicarum;" and to his labors Aesop owes his restoration to universal favor as one of the wise moralists
and great teachers of mankind.
For Aristotle did not separate, as we are inclined to do, the spheres of the statesman and the moralist
we know that Moliere was a moralist
, but he was not a philosopher.
Like most intelligent people, Mary was something of an egoist, to the extent, that is, of attaching great importance to what she felt, and she was by nature enough of a moralist
to like to make certain, from time to time, that her feelings were creditable to her.
Shrouded in perpetual mist, men love each other better; for the only reality then is the family, and, within the family, the heart; and the greatest thoughts come from the heart--so says the moralist
In this story of Peter Pan, for instance, the bald narrative and most of the moral reflections are mine, though not all, for this boy can be a stern moralist
, but the interesting bits about the ways and customs of babies in the bird-stage are mostly reminiscences of David's, recalled by pressing his hands to his temples and thinking hard.
I am not a moralist
myself, nor am I the keeper of your conscience.
Personally, he was an intellectual moralist
, and more offending to him than platitudinous pomposity was the morality of those about him, which was a curious hotchpotch of the economic, the metaphysical, the sentimental, and the imitative.
The oligarchs believed their ethics, in spite of the fact that biology and evolution gave them the lie; and, because of their faith, for three centuries they were able to hold back the mighty tide of human progress--a spectacle, profound, tremendous, puzzling to the metaphysical moralist
, and one that to the materialist is the cause of many doubts and reconsiderations.
To the insular cynic and the insular moralist
they offer an equal opportunity.
The overcoming of morality through itself--through truthfulness, the overcoming of the moralist
through his opposite--THROUGH ME--: that is what the name Zarathustra means in my mouth.
And while the moralist
, who is holding forth on the cover ( an accurate portrait of your humble servant), professes to wear neither gown nor bands, but only the very same long-eared livery in which his congregation is arrayed: yet, look you, one is bound to speak the truth as far as one knows it, whether one mounts a cap and bells or a shovel hat; and a deal of disagreeable matter must come out in the course of such an undertaking.