The Toil of Life; Being a Collection of Essays on the Philosophy of Joy and Pain

9781151681515: The Toil of Life; Being a Collection of Essays on the Philosophy of Joy and Pain

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1907. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. The capacity of the human heart for VIII. happiness is unbounded. Yet how little a thing is needed to turn happiness into misery and for the moment to paralyze the main muscle of man's moral nature! Memory has always been a source of pleasure to me. The pagan philosophy rings false in my ears, that underlies the hackneyed quotation: "A sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier things." Sorrow is of the present; it may be in the future; but it cannot be of the past, if heart be brave and brain be healthy. "Let the dead bury their dead." Onward, up the hill! Pause, if you will, for a moment and look backward to reckon the miles you have travelled; but no man has the time to sit down and pule by the wayside because an hour or two previously the road had been easier or less dusty or better shaded from the sun. God designed man for joy; it is God's purpose that his memory shall be a storehouse of happy hours. Look back on childhood, and it needs an effort to realize that one was ever really unhappy. Yet each one of us knows that he was utterly miserable on occasions, and was rendered thoroughly wretched through the careless cruelty of his fellows or the thoughtless selfishness of his elders. Have not each of us in his youth cried out at some time or other: "I am tired of living in Nazareth: I am wearied of having my every action measured by the family footrule. Let me live my own life! Why should it be moulded, fashioned, and shaped to meet the approval of my excellent relations, who lecture me at length on trivial delinquencies as if they carried a whole college of cardinal virtues tucked away under their liver wing? Let them do as they please: I will do as I please. I will walk my own road; and if I stumble or fall, I am willing to pay t...

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