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THE

PLEASURES OF LIFE

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BY

Avebury,

SR JOHN LUBBOCK, BART., M.P.

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London
· MACMILLAN AND CO.

AND NEW YORK

1887

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All rights reserved

PUBLIC LIBRARY

742250
ASTOR, LENOX AND
'TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

1916

Printed by R. & R. Clark, June 1887. Reprinted with corrections, July 1887.

PREFACE

THOSE who have the pleasure of attending the opening meetings of schools and colleges, and of giving away prizes and certificates, are generally expected at the same time to offer such words of counsel as the experience of the world might enable them to give to those who are entering life.

Being myself náturally father prone to suffer from low spirits, I have at several of these gatherings: taken the opportunity of dwelling on the privileges and blessings we enjoy, and I reprint here the substance of some of these addresses

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(omitting what was special to the circumstances of each case, and freely making any alterations and additions which have since occurred to me), hoping that the thoughts and quotations in which I have myself found most comfort may perhaps be of use to others also.

It is hardly necessary to say that I have not by any means referred to all the sources of happiness open to us, some indeed of the greatest pleasures and blessings being altogether omitted.

In reading over the proofs I feel that some sentences may appear too dogmatic, but I hope that:allowance will be made for the circumstances:under which they were defiende, ..

High ELMS,
Down, KENT, January 1887.

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