Adam Smith's Simplified Theory of Moral Sentiments, Part 2, Section 1, Chapter 2: Proper objects of Gratitude and Resentment

Chapter 2: Proper objects of Gratitude and Resentment

10Being the approved objects of gratitude or resentment is the same as being the object of that gratitude and that resentment, which are naturally approved of.

11But human nature's passions are approved of when:

12 Therefore, a person appears to deserve reward if he is the natural object of gratitude by persons who applaud him.

13 We sympathize with our companions' joy when in prosperity.

14 2. In the same way, as we sympathize with our fellow-creature's sorrow whenever we see his distress, so we enter into his abhorrence for whatever has caused it.


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