A peevish, pettish temper "disarms the Heart of its natural Integrity; it induces us to throw away our true Armour, our natural Courage, and cowardly to commit our selves to the vain Protection of others, while we neglect our own Defence"
— Hutcheson, Francis (1694-1746)
See An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections. With Illustrations on the Moral Sense. By the Author of the Inquiry Into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue. (London: Printed by J. Darby and T. Browne, for John Smith and William Bruce, Booksellers in, Dublin; and sold by J. Osborn and T. Longman in Pater-Noster-Row, and S. Chandler [London] in the Poultrey, 1728). <Link to ESTC>
Text from Francis Hutcheson, An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections, With Illustrations on the Moral Sense, ed. Aaron Garrett (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2002).