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Tokugawa Ieyoshi was the 12th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan.

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Yoritomo-Tashi's

Common Sense How to Exercise It

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Announcement - Preface - Common Sense: What Is It? - The Fight Against Illusion - The Development of the Reasoning Power - Common Sense and Impulse - The Dangers of Sentimentality - The Utility of Common Sense in Daily Life - Power of Deduction - How to Acquire Common Sense - Common Sense and Action - The Most Thorough Business Man - Common Sense and Self-Control - Common Sense Does Not Exclude Great Aspirations - Contents -


 

LESSON XII

COMMON SENSE DOES NOT EXCLUDE GREAT ASPIRATIONS

"A very common error," says Yoritomo, "is that which consists in classifying common sense among the amorphous virtues, only applicable to things and to people whose fundamental principle is materiality.

"This is a calumny which is spread broadcast by fools who scatter their lives to the four winds of caprice and extravagance.

"Not only does common sense not exclude beauty, but it really aids in its inception and protects its growth by maintaining the reasons which produced its appearance.

"Without it, the reign of the most admired things would be of short duration, granting that the want of logic had not prevented their production.

"What is there more commendable than the love of work, devotion to science, ambition to succeed?

"Could all this exist if common sense did

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