Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
The life, studies and works of Benjamin West, Esq. president of The Royal Academy of London
Person:
Galt, John
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1662038
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1663188
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interests 
of 
life. 
When 
bred 
in 
afH uence, 
and 
exempted 
from 
the 
necessity 
considering 
of 
the 
i m portance 
of 
money 
to 
the 
attainment 
of 
his 
object, 
he 
is 
often 
fou nd, 
to 
blameful 
gree, 
negligent 
of 
pecuniary 
concerns ; 
and: 
OH 
the 
contrary, 
when 
his 
situation 
is 
such 
that 
he 
mHY 
only 
hope 
for 
distinction 
the 
practice 
of 
the 
most 
parsimonious 
frugality, 
he 
will 
HS 
often 
appear 
in 
the 
social 
and 
Pmpelling 
S6380!) 
of youth, 
voluntary 
enduring 
privations 
with 
an 
the ostentatious fanatic or con: 
Bquanimity which 
trite penitent would in vain 
This peculiar feature of the 
attempt to surpass. 
self-sustained mind 
of genius, 
has often 
been misunderstood, 
and sel- 
(10111 valued as it ought to be. The presump- 
tlwus weak who mistake the wish of distinction 
f0r the workings of talent, admire the eccentrici- 
ties of the gifted youth who is reared in opulence, 
and, mistaking the prorligality which is only the 
effect of his fortune, for the attributes of his ta- 
lents, imitate his errors, and imagine that, by co- 
P.ViI1g the blemishes of his conduct, they possess 
What is illustrious in his mind. Such men are 
incapable of appreciating the self-denial which 
Benjamin West made it a duty to impose upon
        

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