this one high.? But without positive revelation most men will say: ?Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die? ( <461532>1 Corinthians 15:32).
?By passionately loving life, we make Loved life unlovely, hugging her to death.? Theodore Parker: ?The intuition of mortality is written in the heart of man by a Hand that writes no falsehoods. There is evidence of a summer yet to be, in the buds which lie folded through our northern winter, efflorescence in human nature unaccountable if the end of man is in the grave.? But it may be replied that many universal popular impressions have proved false, such as belief in ghosts, and in the moving of the sun round the earth. While the mass of men has believed in immortality, some of the wisest have been doubters. Cyrus said: ?I cannot imagine that the soul lives only while it remains in this mortal body.? But the dying words of Socrates were: ?We part; I am going to die, and you to live; which of us goes the better way is known to God alone.? Cicero declared: ?Upon this subject I entertain no more than conjectures;? and said that, when he was reading Plato?s argument for immortality, he seemed to himself convinced, but when he laid down the book he found that all his doubts returned. Farrar, Darkness and Dawn, 134 ? ?Though Cicero wrote his Tusculan Disputations to prove the doctrine of immortality, he spoke of that doctrine in his letters and speeches as a mere pleasing speculation, which might be discussed with interest, but which no one practically held.?
Aristotle, Nic. Ethics, 3:9, calls death ?the most to be feared of all things, for it appears to be the end of everything and for the deceased, there appears to be no longer either any good or any evil.? ^schylus: ?Of one once dead there is no resurrection.? Catullus: ?When once our brief day has set, we must sleep one everlasting night.? Tacitus: ?If there is a place for the spirits of the pious, if as the wise suppose, great souls do not become extinct with their bodies.? ?In that if,? says Uhlhorn, ?lies the whole torturing uncertainty of heathenism.? Seneca, Ep. liv. ? ?Mors est non esse? ? ?Death is not to be?; Troades. V. 393 ? ?Post mortem nihil est, ipsaque mors nihil? ? ?There is nothing after death, and death itself is nothing.? Marcus Aurelius: ?What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven born things fly to their native seat.? The Emperor Hadrian to his soul: ?Animula, vagula, blandula, Hospes comesque corporis, Que nunc abibis in loca? Pallidula, rigida, nudula.? Classic writers might have said of the soul at death: ?We know not where is that Promethean torch That can its light relume.?
Chadwick, 184 ? ?With the growth of all that is best in man of intelligence and affection, there go the development of the hope of an
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