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Ah, one of the deepest tragedies of this human existence of ours lies in this very loneliness of the awakened critics of life.
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And just because God attains and wins and finds this uniqueness, all our lives win in our union with him the individuality which is essential to their true meaning.
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As for you, my beloved friend, I loyally believe in your uniqueness; but whenever I try to tell to you wherein it consists, I helplessly describe only a type.
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But you are alone. Yet I never tell what you are. And if your face lights up my world as no other can - well, this feeling too, when viewed as the mere psychologist has to view it, appears to be simply what all the other friends report about their friends.
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For by such poor figures I may, in passing, symbolize that really rational relation of our personal experience to universal conscious experience.
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For myself, I do not now know in any concrete human terms wherein my individuality consists. In my present human form of consciousness I simply cannot tell.
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For the Absolute, as we now know, all life is individual, but is individual as expressing a meaning.
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God is One, all our lives have various and unique places in the harmony of the divine life.
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God too longs; and because the Absolute Life itself, which dwells in our life, and inspires these very longings, possesses the true world, and is that world.
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I never felt a feeling that I knew or could know to be unlike the feelings of other people. I never consciously thought, except after patterns that the world or my fellows set for me.
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I teach at Harvard that the world and the heavens, and the stars are all real, but not so damned real, you see.
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Ideas any one can mould as he wishes.
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If I look to see what I ever did that, for all I now know, some other man might not have done, I am utterly unable to discover the certainly unique deed.
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In idea socialists can dream out Utopias, disappointed lovers can imagine themselves successful, beggars can ride horses, wanderers can enjoy the fireside at home.
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In the realm of fact, society organizes itself as it must, rejected lovers stand for the time defeated, beggars are alone with their wishes, ocean roll drearily between home and the wanderer.
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Interfere with the reality of my world, and you therefore take the very life and heart out of my will.
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It is an evil cause in so far as, despite the loyalty that it arouses in me, it is destructive of loyalty in the world of my fellows.
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It is an old story, this life of ours. There is nothing new under our sun. Nothing new, that is, for us, as we now feel and think.
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Listen to any musical phrase or rhythm, and grasp it as a whole, and you thereupon have present in you the image, so to speak, of the divine knowledge of the temporal order.
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No baseness or cruelty of treason so deep or so tragic shall enter our human world, but that loyal love shall be able in due time to oppose to just that deed of treason its fitting deed of atonement.
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No consensus of men can make an error erroneous. We can only find or commit an error, not create it. When we commit an error, we say what was an error already.
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No one of us finite beings can take another's place. And all this is true just because the Universe is one significant whole.
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Of this our true individual life, our present life is a glimpse, a fragment, a hint, and in its best moments a visible beginning.
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Our will makes constantly a sort of agreement with the world, whereby, if the world will continually show some respect to the will, the will shall consent to be strenuous in its industry.
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So far as we live and strive at all, our lives are various, are needed for the whole, and are unique.
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So, as one sees, I by no means deprive my world of stubborn reality, if I merely call it a world of ideas.
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Statesmen influence the social order, lovers woo afresh, wanderers find the way home.
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That this individual life of all of us is not something limited in its temporal expression to the life that now we experience, follows from the very fact that here nothing final or individual is found expressed.
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The lonely wanderer, who watches by the seashore the waves that roll between him and his home, talks of cruel facts, material barriers that, just because they are material, and not ideal, shall be the irresistible foes of his longing heart.
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The other aspect of idealism is the one which gives us our notion of the absolute Self. To it the first is only preparatory. This second aspect is the one which from Kant, until the present time, has formed the deeper problem of thought.
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The world, as transformed by this creative deed, is better than it would have been had all else remained the same, but had that deed of treason not been done at all.
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This preparatory sort of idealism is the one that, as I just suggested, Berkeley made prominent, and, after a fashion familiar. I must state it in my own way, although one in vain seeks to attain novelty in illustrating so frequently described a view.
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We seek true individuality and the true individuals. But we find them not. For lo, we mortals see what our poor eyes can see; and they, the true individuals, - they belong not to this world of our merely human sense and thought.
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When I was a child I learned by imitation as the rest did. I have gone on copying models in my poor way ever since.
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