Essay 17: The Platonist

Some philosophers are surprised to all people differ so much in their pursuits and inclinations even if they have the same nature and faculties.

A rational soul, made for the contemplation of the Supreme Being, and of his works, can never enjoy tranquillity or satisfaction, while detained in the ignoble pursuits of sensual pleasure or popular applause.

In vain, by pompous phrase and passionate expression, each recommends his own pursuit.

I examine the voluptuous man before enjoyment.

A more haughty persona presents himself and assumes the title of a philosopher and man of morals.

O philosopher! Your wisdom is vain, and thy virtue unprofitable.

But you are your own idol

All human works, inventions, and the most perfect productions still comes from the most perfect thought.

Compare the works of art with those of nature.

The most perfect happiness surely arises from the contemplation of the most perfect object.