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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
J. C. Sharp
 
  Private self-regard must have been wholly subordinated to, if not entirely cast out by, a higher principle of action and a purer affection before a man can become either truly moral or religious.  1
  Self-love may be, and as a fact often is, the first impulse that drives a man to seek to become morally and religiously better.  2
  The abandoning of some lower end in obedience to a higher aim is often made the very condition of securing the lower one.  3
  The aim of all morality, truly conceived, is to furnish men with a standard of action and a motive to work by, which shall not intensify each man’s selfishness, but raise him ever more and more above it.  4
  The essence of all immorality, of sin, is the making self the centre to which we subordinate all other beings and interests.  5
  The pleasure-seeker is not the pleasure-finder; those are the happiest men who think least about happiness.  6
  There is a measure of self-regard which is right, wherein the individual self is identified with the universal self.  7
  This is the first condition of a living morality as well as of vital religion, that the soul shall find a true centre out from and above itself, round which it shall revolve.  8
  Water cannot rise above the level from which it springs; no more can moral theories.  9
 
 
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