By George Santayana
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Page 4 When we speak of freedom of the will, we usually understand a kind of freedom different from all these. We mean by freedom, that a man, solicited by given motives in a given emergency, may act in various ways. For instance: the fact that I am enjoying a walk does not prove that I went out, or am walking now, of my own freewill; on the contrary, my enjoyment, in so far as it has any bearing at all on my freedom, tends to discredit it; since it would be harder to assign a reason for my action, if I had gone out when to do so caused me trouble and annoyance.
Plato Prater's Dialogue on Pleasure Plato: By Jove, dear Percy, this world cannot boast A spot more charming nor a kinder host; In your big chair, beside your leaping fire, The flagon ready, what can man desire, While he may see, in your accustomed place, The smile of welcome on a handsome face? Here friendship melts to love's diviner form, And while the soul is free, the heart is warm. Percy: It's not the flagon, nor the fire, nor I That make your pleasure, but philosophy; George Santayana, "Plato Prater's Dialogue on Pleasure," Columbia Manuscript Collection.
Plato: My parents lived in transcendental days When Plato for a name could not amaze; And, spite of all the texts at your command, Who's not a pagan in this Christian land? Imagine how a heathen Stoic's head Would bristle at what Christian William said; A Stoic, who believed that he could still Pain's evil, by not thinking pain an ill, And whose strong heart, by ceasing to complain, Turned to a virtue what it found a pain. But how much easier to fashion joy Than present pangs with reasons to destroy!
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