But it was a paradox derived from his unanswerable truisms, " Every one wishes for his own good, and would get it if he could," and " No one would deny that justice and virtue generally are goods, and of all goods the best."
The description of suffering or pain is, in fact, a string of truisms, quite plain and indisputable until the last clause.
De Quincey has said that the book is equally divided between "empty truisms and time-serving Dutch falsehoods."
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