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Marius the Epicurean : His Sensations and Ideas Volume II of Ii, 1911

By Pater, Walter Horatio

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Title: Marius the Epicurean : His Sensations and Ideas Volume II of Ii, 1911  
Author: Pater, Walter Horatio
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Literature, Poetry
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Publisher: The Victorian Prose Archive


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Pater, W. H., & Alfred J. Drak, E. B. (n.d.). Marius the Epicurean : His Sensations and Ideas Volume II of Ii, 1911. Retrieved from

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Excerpts: And the Stoic professor found the key to this problem in the purely aesthetic beauty of the old morality, as an element in things, fascinating to the imagination, to good taste in its most highly developed form, through association?a system or order, as a matter of fact, in possession, not only of the larger world, but of the rare minority of elite intelligences; from which, therefore, least of all would the sort of Epicurean he had in view endure to become, so to speak, an outlaw. He supposed his hearer to be, with all sincerity, in search after some principle of conduct (and it was here that he seemed to Marius to be speaking straight to him) which might give unity of motive to an actual rectitude, a cleanness and probity of life, determined partly by natural affection, partly by enlightened self-interest or the feeling of honour, due in part even to the mere fear of penalties; no element of which...


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