Autobiography

Autobiography (Penguin Classics) by John Stuart Mill

By John Stuart Mill

One of many maximum prodigies of his period, John Stuart Mill (1806-73) used to be learning mathematics and Greek through the age of 3, as a part of an astonishingly excessive schooling at his father's hand. Intellectually very good, fearless and profound, he turned a number one Victorian liberal philosopher, whose works - together with "On Liberty", "Utilitarianism", "The Subjection of Women" and this "Autobiography" - are one of the crowning achievements of the age. the following he describes the pressures put on him by way of his early life, the psychological breakdown he suffered as a tender guy, his fight to appreciate a global of emotions and feelings a ways faraway from his father's strict didacticism, and the later improvement of his personal radical ideals. A relocating account of a unprecedented lifestyles, this nice autobiography finds a guy of deep integrity, consistently trying to find fact.

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I had my share - and perhaps a very large share - in the extravagances of Spain. But it was in another country that that irremediable princess, with her wild beauty and that voice, appeared. 'Mira coma vengo yo,' went the rather accurate words of the song she sang. That day we listened no more. I loved that Andalusian for a long time. How long? 'A time commensurate with our vain and paltry span,' as Pascal says. 41 PANEGYRIC 1 I have even stayed in an inaccessible house surrounded by woods, far from any village, in an extremely barren, exhausted mountainous region, deep in a deserted Auvergne.

Well, yes! I've had to say ever since 1980. I had my share - and perhaps a very large share - in the extravagances of Spain. But it was in another country that that irremediable princess, with her wild beauty and that voice, appeared. 'Mira coma vengo yo,' went the rather accurate words of the song she sang. That day we listened no more. I loved that Andalusian for a long time. How long? 'A time commensurate with our vain and paltry span,' as Pascal says. 41 PANEGYRIC 1 I have even stayed in an inaccessible house surrounded by woods, far from any village, in an extremely barren, exhausted mountainous region, deep in a deserted Auvergne.

In any case, I have most certainly lived as I have said one should; and this was perhaps even more unusual among the people of my day, who have all seemed to believe that they had to live only according to the instructions of those who direct current economic production and the power of communication with which it is armed. I have resided in Italy and Spain, princi­ pally in Florence and Seville - in Babylon, as it was called in the Golden Age - but also in other cities that were still living, and even in the coun­ tryside.

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