Happiness does not consist in self-love.
But to us, probability is the very guide of life.
Thus there is no doubt the eye was intended for us to see with.
The final causes, then, of compassion are to prevent and to relieve misery.
Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food.
People might love themselves with the most entire and unbounded affection, and yet be extremely miserable.
There is a much more exact correspondence between the natural and moral world than we are apt to take notice of.
The tongue may be employed about, and made to serve all the purposes of vice, in tempting and deceiving, in perjury and injustice.
Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be: why then should we desire to be deceived?
Consequently it will often happen there will be a desire of particular objects, in cases where they cannot be obtained without manifest injury to others.