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Excerpt from The Relations of Christian Principle to Mental Culture: A Discourse to the Graduating Class of Wesleyan University, July 1848
IT is a recognized principle of ethical philo sophy, no less than of the gospel, that the quality of actions, considered as virtuous or vicious, resides Wholly in the intention. The' external bodily movement, which we term the action, and which is the apparent cause of the effect produced, has really no moral character. It is neither good nor evil in itself; and in forming our judgment of hu man conduct we might reject the external manifestation altogether, had we some other clew to the mental condition of which it is the amount. But the tree is known by its fruit. It is by attentively observing the.
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