Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Adam Smith quote of the night

"Love is an agreeable; resentment, a disagreeable passion; and accordingly we are not half so anxious that our friends should adopt our friendships, as that they should enter into our resentments. We can forgive them though they seem to be little affected by the favours which we may have received, but lose all patience if they seem indifferent about the injuries which may have been done to us; nor are we half so angry with them for not entering into our gratitude, as for not sympathizing with our resentment."

TMS I.i.2.5

(My reading of Rousseau below has been inviting objections by e-mail; will try to respond tomorrow.)

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