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Thread #20239   Message #209550
Posted By: GUEST,Peter T.
10-Apr-00 - 09:14 AM
Thread Name: Thought for the Day - April 10
Subject: Thought for the Day - April 10
"Whoever has passed an evening with serious, melancholy people and has observed how suddenly the conversation was animated and what sprightliness diffused itself over the countenance, discourse, and behaviour of everyone upon the arrival of a good humoured lively companion, such a one will easily allow that cheerfulness carries great merit with it, and naturally conciliates the goodwill of humankind. No quality, indeed, more readily communicates itself to all around, because no one has a greater propensity to display itself in jovial talk and pleasant entertaiment. That the melancholy hate the merry, even though Horace says it, I have some difficulty to allow, because I have always observed that, where the jollity is moderate and decent, serious people are so much the more delighted, as it dissipates the gloom with which they are commonly oppressed and gives them an unusual enjoyment."
-David Hume, An Inquiry Concerning the Principle of Morals