“What,” said he, “makes the difference between
man and all the rest of animal creation?
beast that strays beside me has the same corporal
necessities with myself; he is hungry, and crops
the grass, he is thirsty, and drinks the stream, his
thirst and hunger are appeased, he is satisfied, and
sleeps; he rises again, and he is hungry, he is
again fed, and is at rest.
I am hungry and thirsty
like him, but when thirst and hunger cease, I am
not at rest; I am, like him, pained with want, but
am not, like him, satisfied with fullness.
intermediate hours are tedious and gloomy; I long
again to be hungry that I may again quicken my
The birds peck the berries or the corn,
and fly away to the groves, where they sit in
seeming happiness on the branches, and waste
their lives in tuning one unvaried series of
I likewise can call the lutanist and the
singer, but the sounds that pleased me yesterday
weary me today, and will grow yet more
I can discover within me
no power of perception which is not glutted with
its proper pleasure, yet I do not feel myself
Man has surely some latent sense for
which this place affords no gratification, or he
has some desires distinct from sense, which must
be satisfied before he can be happy.”
(Ch. 2, pp.