April 20th 2011 That degree of perfection is impossible to be attained: But every wise man will endeavour to place his happiness on such objects chiefly as depend upon himself: and that is not to be attained so much by any other means as by this delicacy of sentiment. The gaiety and frolic of a bottle companion improves with him into a solid friendship: And the ardours of a youthful appetite become an elegant passion. People of this character have, no doubt, more lively enjoyments, as well as more pungent sorrows, than men of cool and sedate tempers: But, I believe, when every thing is balanced, there is no one, who would not rather be of the latter character, were he entirely master of his own disposition. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Although it is understood that Hume stresses the importance of delicacy of taste, it is less well understood that this delicacy is a delicacy of imagination, which is distinct from a delicacy of perception. They give a certain elegance of sentiment to which the rest of mankind are strangers. In order to judge aright of a composition of genius, there are so many views to be taken in, so many circumstances to be compared, and such a knowledge of human nature requisite, that no man, who is not possessed of the soundest judgment, will ever make a tolerable critic in such performances. In other words, these comparison's are a reflection of literary taste. But to make use of the allusion of a celebrated French author, the judgment may be compared to a clock or watch, where the most ordinary machine is sufficient to tell the hours; but the most elaborate alone can point out the minutes and seconds, and distinguish the smallest differences of time. Start by marking “Of the Delicacy of Taste and Passion” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Our judgment will strengthen by this exercise: We shall form juster notions of life: Many things, which please or afflict others, will appear to us too frivolous to engage our attention: And we shall lose by degrees that sensibility and delicacy of passion, which is so incommodious. Some People are subject to a certain delicacy of passion, which makes them extremely sensible to all the accidents of life, and gives them a lively joy upon every prosperous event,as well as a piercing grief, when they meet with misfortunes and adversity. Mariah Carey Is Telling Her Own Story (and Recommending Books). And this is a new reason for cultivating a relish in the liberal arts. https://en.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=Of_the_delicacy_of_taste_and_passion&oldid=3793397, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Not to mention, that men of such lively passions are apt to be transported beyond all bounds of prudence and discretion, and to take false steps in the conduct of life, which are often irretrievable. David Hume on the standard of taste - basic outline. Of The Delicacy Of Taste And Passion by David Hume (1711-1776) is much shorter and not nearly as well known or influential as his Of The Standard of Taste but contains keen psychological insight and a fair share of wisdom nuggets. The emotions which they excite are soft and tender. I believe, however, every one will In the first place, nothing is so improving to the temper as the study of the beauties, either of poetry, eloquence, music, or painting. On farther reflection, I find, that it rather improves our sensibility for all the tender and agreeable passions; at the same time that it renders the mind incapable of the rougher and more boisterous emotions. Whatever connection there may be originally between these two species of delicacy, I am persuaded, that nothing is so proper to cure us of this delicacy of passion, as the cultivating of that higher and more refined taste, which enables us to judge of the characters of men, of compositions of genius, and of the productions of the nobler arts. SOME People are subject to a certain delicacy of passion, which makes them extremely sensible to all the accidents of life, and gives them a lively joy upon every prosperous event, as well as a piercing grief, when they meet with misfortunes and adversity. I believe, however, every one will agree with me, that, notwithstanding this resemblance, delicacy of taste is as much to be desired and cultivated as delicacy of passion is to be lamented, and to be remedied, if possible. 122661 Of the delicacy of taste and passion David Hume. Any one, that has competent sense, is sufficient for their entertainment: They talk to him, of their pleasure and affairs, with the same frankness that they would to another; and finding many, who are fit to supply his place, they never feel any vacancy or want in his absence. He feels too sensibly, how much all the rest of mankind fall short of the notions which he has entertained. Hume focuses on the case of comparisons of literary works. One that has well digested his knowledge both of books and men, has little enjoyment but in the company of a few select companions. Great pleasures are much less frequent than great pains; so that a sensible temper must meet with fewer trials in the former way than in the latter. When you present a poem or a picture to a man possessed of this talent, the delicacy of his feeling makes him be sensibly touched with every part of it; nor are the masterly strokes perceived with more exquisite relish and satisfaction, than the negligences or absurdities with disgust and uneasiness.