Quotation by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

An action is an aim of the subject, and it is his agency too which executes this aim: unless the subject were in this way even in the most disinterested action, i.e. unless he had an interest in it, there would be no action at all.... Impulse and passion are the very life- blood of all action: they are needed if the agent is really to be in his aim and the execution thereof. The morality concerns the content of the aim, which as such is the universal, an inactive thing, that finds it actualizing in the agent.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831), German philosopher. Philosophy of Mind, part 3: the Encyclopedia, section 1, "Mind Subjective," par. 475, pp. 236-237, Oxford University Press (l971).
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