When the evening was over, Anne could not but be amused at the idea of her coming to Lyme to preach patience and resignation to a young man whom she had never seen before; nor could she help fearing, on more serious reflection, that, like many other great moralists
and preachers, she had been eloquent on a point in which her own conduct would ill bear examination.
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.
His interest, after all, is, consistently, that of the moralist
(in no narrow sense) who deals, from predilection, with the sort of literary work which stirs men--stirs their intellect-- through feeling; and with that literature, especially, as looked at through the means by which it became capable of thus commanding men.
It is certainly an interesting coincidence that the chief English representatives of four outlying regions of literature should have been closely contemporaneous--Johnson the moralist
and hack writer, Boswell the biographer, Gibbon the historian, and Burke the orator.
For in a desire to win quickly and to win much I can see nothing sordid; I have always applauded the opinion of a certain dead and gone, but cocksure, moralist
who replied to the excuse that " one may always gamble moderately ", by saying that to do so makes things worse, since, in that case, the profits too will always be moderate.
"This is the chief thing: be not perturbed," said the Pagan moralist
. That was just Clare's own opinion.
might have said that at this point his mind should have been full of self-reproach for the suffering he had caused.
"I'm not a moralist
, but she's a decent little woman.
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.
Throughout them all, giving up her individuality, she would become the general symbol at which the preacher and moralist
might point, and in which they might vivify and embody their images of woman's frailty and sinful passion.
"I think it is only fair," said Miss Lindsay, quailing, but assuming the tone of a moralist
. "It is perfectly true."
The Beaufort failure, or rather the Beaufort attitude since the failure, was still a fruitful theme for the drawing- room moralist
; and after it had been thoroughly examined and condemned Mrs.