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Quotes About Virtue (579 quotes)

St. Augustine hated the Stoics, Dostoevsky hated the Russian Liberals. At first sight this seems a quite inexplicable peculiarity. Both were convinced Christians, both spoke so much of love, and suddenly - such hate! And against whom? Against the Stoics, who preached self-abnegation, who esteemed virtue above all things in the world, and against the Liberals who also exalted virtue above all things! But the fact remains: Dostoevsky spoke in rage of Stassyulevitch and Gradovsky; Augustine could not be calm when he spoke the names of those pre-Stoic Stoics, Regulus and Mutius Scaevola, and even Socrates, the idol of the ancient world, appeared to him a bogey. Obviously Augustine and Dostoevsky were terrified and appalled by the mere thought of the possibility of such men as Scaevola and Gradovsky - men capable of loving virtue for its own sake, of seeing virtue as an end in itself. Dostoevsky says openly in the Diary of a Writer that the only idea capable of inspiring a man is that of the immortality of the soul.”
― Lev Shestov, In Job's Balances: On the Sources of the Eternal Truth
Quotes About Virtue (579 quotes)

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amaebi
Mar. 15th, 2016 07:58 pm (UTC)
Jonathan Z. Smith remarked that humans don't bother differentiating ourselves from liver flukes, but from other mammals. which we find hotter competition to our amour-propre.
bobby1933
Mar. 16th, 2016 08:45 pm (UTC)
Yes. and A. and D. were no better than the rest of us. A condition for which i might have hoped, especially in view of the respect they get from people i otherwise admire.
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bobby1933
Mar. 17th, 2016 11:30 pm (UTC)
I suspect you are right. Lots of European intellectuals were anti-Semitic in the 19th century and it was part of Russian culture.

Hatred and fear reinforce each other and hated my just be disguised and denied fear. Find out what a person fears most and tell him the person you want him to hate is associated with what he fears. (e.g. Jews are vermin' Jews deny Christ, Christ is God, therefore Jews worship Satan)
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bobby1933
Mar. 18th, 2016 09:13 pm (UTC)
:)
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