"There is no body who has consider'd ever so little the nature of the sensible part, the Soul or Mind, but knows that in the same manner as without action, motion and employment, the Body languishes and is oppress'd, its Nourishment grows the matter and food of Disease, the Spirits unconsum'd help to consume the Body, and Nature as it were preys upon it self."
— Cooper, Anthony Ashley, third earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713)
(p. 140 in 1699 edition)
See An Inquiry Concerning Virtue, in Two Discourses; Viz. I. of Virtue, and the Belief of a Deity. II. of the Obligations to Virtue. (London: Printed for A. Bell, 1699). <Link to ESTC><Link to EEBO>
See also "An Inquiry Concerning Virtue or Merit" in Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times. In Three Volumes. (London: John Darby, 1711). <Link to ESTC>
Some text drawn from EEBO and ECCO, most from Anthony Ashley Cooper, Third Earl of Shaftesbury. Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, ed. Lawrence E. Klein (Cambridge: CUP, 2001). Klein's text is based on the British Library's copy of the second edition of 1714. [Texts to be collated.]