Critical Miscellanies, Vol. III

Critical Miscellanies, Vol. III
Essay 2: The Death of Mr Mill -- Essay 3: Mr Mill's Autobiography

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Critical Miscellanies, Vol. III by John Morley

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Essay 2: The Death of Mr Mill -- Essay 3: Mr Mill's Autobiography

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reached by long previous effort, to fall back in height of moral ideal. He was keenly sensible that it is only by persistent striving after improvement in our conceptions of duty, and improvement in the external means for realising them, that even the acquisitions of past generations are retained. He knew the intense difficulty of making life better by ever so little. Hence at once the exaltation of his own ideas of truth and right, and his eagerness to conciliate anything like virtuous social feeling, in whatever intellectual or political association he found it. Hence also the vehemence of his passion for the unfettered and unchecked development of new ideas on all subjects, of originality in moral and social points of view; because repression, whether by public opinion or in any other way, may be the means of untold waste of gifts that might have conferred on mankind unspeakable benefits. The discipline and vigour of his understanding made him the least indulgent of judges to anything like charlatanry, an

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