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- n. The state or quality of being impersonal
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being impersonal; want or absence of personality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or condition of being impersonal; absence of personality.
Essentially, the key of impersonality is to become so selfless that the self can encompass anything - everything can be appreciated and loved equally because it all has inherent goodness.
They make this term (altruism) the virtual equivalent of "impersonality" -- interest in others rather than in self, an interest due, according to their view, to a lack of differentiation of the individual minds; the individuals, though separate, still retain the universalism of the original mind-stuff.
The impersonality, which is the student's bane, which deepens into misanthropy, cynicism, and pessimism, yielded before it.
"impersonality" -- but a form of highly developed personality -- not infra-personality, but true personality.
a social sacrifice, for there is a certain kind of impersonality which is demanded in work that deals with a continually changing community; it means risk in the great strain put upon physical and nervous strength; it means forgetting one's self; for the true teacher is willing to be forgotten when she has served others.
He has the simple frankness of a man who feels himself to be perfectly sound in bodily, mental, and moral structure; and his self-revelation is a thousand times nobler than the assumed impersonality which is a common trick with cunning speakers who never forget their own interests.
But he defends himself behind that mask of cool impersonality which is the last attribute of the mental aristocrat, no matter what his feelings may be.
Genius is sometimes, perhaps more often than we suspect, an ability to concentrate the mind into a kind of impersonality; almost non-existence, so that you have in it a channel for the great forces of nature to play through.
Certain writers have made a cult of "impersonality" in literature.
Courtesy: conventional not racial, 182. phrases of, 211. not proof of "impersonality," 362, 363.
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