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The Autobiography of John Passmore Edwards

I believe


I believe, with Shakespeare, that a divinity is shaping our ends, rough hew them as we will, and that" Heaven hath a hand in all";

with Schiller, that "Justice is the keystone of the world's wide arch, sustaining and sustained by all";
with Elizabeth Barrett Browning, that "no lily-muffled hum of summer bee but finds some coupling with the spinning stars";
with Herbert Spencer, that "amid the mysteries which become the more mysterious the more they are considered, there will remain the one absolute certainty, that man is ever in presence of an Infinite and Eternal Energy from which all things proceed";
with Mazzini, that "the word Progress, unknown to antiquity, is destined henceforth to be a sacred word to Humanity, as in it is indicated an entire social, political, and religious transformation";
with Thomas Carlyle, "that modern majesty consists in work. What a man can do is his greatest ornament, and he best consults his dignity by doing it',
with Victor Hugo, that "between the government that does evil and the people who accept it there is a certain solidarity"
with Frederic Harrison, that "man's morality towards the lower animals is a vital and, indeed, a fundamental part of his morality towards his fellow-men";
with J. S. Mill, that "we are entering upon an order of things in which justice will be the primary virtue, grounded on equal and sympathetic association, having its root no longer in the interest for self-protection, but in a cultivated sympathy, no one being left out, but an equal measure being extended to all";
with Emerson, that "there will be a new Church founded that will have heaven and earth for its beams and rafters, and service for symbol and illustration";
with Humboldt, that "centuries are but seconds in the process of developing humanity";
with Longfellow, that "affection never is wasted: if it enrich not the heart of another, its waters, returning back to the springs, shall fill them full of refreshment";
with Spinoza, "that the good human life lies not in the possession of things which for one man to possess is for the rest to lose, but rather in things which all can possess alike, and where one man's wealth promotes that of his neighbour";
with Ruskin, that "that country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings, and that man is the richest who, having perfected the functions of his own life, has also the widest healthful influence over the lives of others";
and with Tennyson, who "doubts not through the ages one increasing purpose runs, and the thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns"; and that "the face of death is turned towards the sun of Life."
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