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Comenius - On Death and Desire



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The Great Didactic of John Amos Comenius -  Translated into English by M. W. Keatinge, M.A.1967

If any have an excessive desire for riches he will not find anything that can satisfy his greed, though he possess the whole world; as was evident in the case of Alexander.  If any burn with desire for honour he will not be able to rest though the whole world adore him.

If any give himself over to pleasure, rivers of delight may bathe all his senses, but he becomes accustomed to them, and his appetite continues to desire one thing after another.

If any apply his mind to the study of knowledge he will find no end; for the more a man knows, the more he realises his ignorance.  Rightly did Soloman say that the eye could not grow tired of seeing or the ear of hearing….

The example of those who die teach us that death does not put the last touch to existence.

For those whose life has been righteous rejoice that they are to enter on a better one; whilst those who are filled with love of the present life, seeing they must leave it and migrate elsewhere, begin to tremble …..


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Reducing desires
Suppressing memory