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EDWARD I, SEARS, LL. D.
Pulchrum est bene facere reipublicæ, etiam bene dicere haud absurdum est.
Vol. XVII. Nos. FOR JUNE, 1868, AND SEPTEMBER, 1868.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1868, by
EDWARD I. SEARS, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern
District of New York.
1495 This volume has been rebound with funds
provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
CONTENTS OF NO. XXXIII.
4. Cpera D. Thomæ. 17 vols., fol. .
NATIONAL QUARTERLY REVIEW.
ART. I.-1. Annæi Senecae, tum Rhetoris, tum Philosophi, Opera
omnia, ab ANDREA SCHOTTO. Geneva, 1625. 2. Caligula, Claudius, and Nero. Dion Cassius. 3. De Senecce, Vita et Scriptis. REINHART. Jena, 1817. 4. Abrégé de la vie et des oeuvres de Sénèque. Paris, 1812. 5. De la Morale Pratique dans les Lettres de Sénèque. Par
Martha. Strasbourg, 1854. 6. Etude Critique sur les rapports supposés entre Sénèque et
Saint Paul. Par AUBERTIN. Paris, 1857.
It is no mere poetical adage that “the proper study of mankind is man;" no study is more useful or more interesting. There are but few men, however, who will reward our toil; the shallow and thoughtless yield us as little as the barren heath. In order that we may learn from man, he must possess some element of greatness; he must be a thinker before he can teach us to think. In proportion as he possesses thoughts and has the faculty to communicate them, he exercises an influence upon us for good or evil according to the nature of those thoughts. Fortunately it is but rarely the higher class of minds attempt to inculcate evil; men of true genius generally encourage virtue, even when their own practices are vicious.
In order to appreciate this to its full extent, it is necessary to bear in mind that the greatest thinkers are frequently guilty of the gravest errors; and that there is scarcely one of the most illustrious benefactors of mankind whose character would prove entirely faultless on a close examination. It is only the thoughtless, therefore,
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