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1892 edition. Excerpt: ...right, puts me on my guard against
myself, and warns me of my own impotency. It is something which
inspires me every hour, if I do but hearken to it; and I am never
deceived save when I hearken not to it.4 "This inward rule is what
I call my reason, but I speak of my reason without grasping the
force of that expression.5 " Truly, my reason is within me, for I
must unceasingly return into myself to find it; but the superior
reason which corrects me in case of need, and which I consult, is
not mine, and does not form a part of myself. That rule is perfect
and unchanging; I am changeable and imperfect. When I err, it
preserves its rectitude; when I am undeceived, it is not it that
returns to the goal; without ever itself straying from the goal, it
has authority to recall me and compel me to return to it. It is an
inward master that commands me to be silent, to speak, to believe,
to doubt, to confess my errors or confirm my judgments; this master
is omnipresent, and his voice is heard from one end of the universe
to the other, by all men as by me.e " Thus, what seems most our own
and to be our very essence, I mean our reason, is least peculiarly
ours, is what we should account most borrowed. We unceasingly and
obviously receive a reason superior to ourselves, as we unceasingly
breathe the air, which is a foreign body, or as we unceasingly see
all the objects about us in the light of the sun, whose rays are
bodies foreign to our eyes.1 1 First Part, chap. ii. No. 52. -
Ibid., No. 54. 2 Ibid. - Ibid. - Ibid., No. 53. - Ibid., No. 55. "
In all things we find, as it were, two principles within us: the
one gives, the other receives; the one lacks, the other supplies;
the one errs, the other corrects; the one is prone to fall, the
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