Adam Smith's Simplified Theory of Moral Sentiments, Part 1, Section 2, Chapter 3: The Unsocial feelings

Chapter 3: The Unsocial feelings

Hatred, Anger, and Resentment

21 Hatred and resentment must always be regulated before we can enter into them.

22 People have a very strong sense of the injuries done to one another.

23 However, anger and resentment are regarded as necessary parts of human nature.

24Anger and resentment is useful by rendering insult and injuries dangerous.

25 It is the same case with anger and resentment.

26 When music imitates grief or joy, it inspires us with those feelings, or at least makes us easy to conceive them.

Rock music

27 If those passions are disagreeable to the observer, they are not less so to the person who feels them.


28 How can revenge be rendered completely agreeable?

Magnanimity is the regard to maintain our own rank and dignity in society.

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