“The great philosophers, the great prophets, one by one, have extended the circle of self-feeling out -- have expanded the circle of compassion from kin, to tribe, to creed, and ultimately to all of humanity.”
“If we fail often in this self-feeling, in this duty to love our neighbor as ourself, to treat all humans as means and not ends, well at least the great amongst us, whether Jesus or Socrates, have told us again and again that we are all one.”
“If love closes, the self contracts and hardens: the mind having nothing else to occupy its attention and give it that change and renewal it requires, busies itself more and more with self-feeling, which takes on narrow and disgusting forms, like avarice, arrogance and fatuity.”
“In his sublime self-feeling the difference between myself and the attendant seemed to him as nothing.”
“In other words, religion is the self-consciousness and the self-feeling of the man who has either not yet found himself, or else (having found himself) has lost himself once more.”
“But it may equally well be to get rid of him, to gratify my self-feeling by becoming the dispenser of bounty, or to inspire admiration in the onlooker.”
“At any rate, in a single sentence this man had made us his co-ordinates and caused the negative self-feeling to vanish.”
“I was thinking of my emotion of subjection in the presence of an original problem in geometry, but this college person tells me that this negative self-feeling, according to psychology, is experienced only in the presence of another person.”
“In this way I strove to generate the positive self-feeling so that there should be no depression and no white flag.”
“The psychologist is so insistent in proclaiming his doctrine of negative self-feeling and positive self-feeling that one is impelled to listen out of curiosity, if nothing else.”
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