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Happiness does not consist in self-love.

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But to us, probability is the very guide of life.

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Thus there is no doubt the eye was intended for us to see with.

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The final causes, then, of compassion are to prevent and to relieve misery.

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Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food.

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People might love themselves with the most entire and unbounded affection, and yet be extremely miserable.

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There is a much more exact correspondence between the natural and moral world than we are apt to take notice of.

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The tongue may be employed about, and made to serve all the purposes of vice, in tempting and deceiving, in perjury and injustice.

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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?

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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.

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