The question below consists of a paragraph in which the first and last
sentences are identified. Choose the option that has the most logical
order of the intermediate sentences.
I. The Desire of Power, or Ambition is the love of ruling, or giving the law to a circle whether more or less extensive.
- This we see in the conqueror, who braves every danger, difficulty, and privation, for the attainment of power; and in the statesman, who sacrifices for it every personal advantage, perhaps health and peace.
- Such is the desire of exercising power over the minds of men; of persuading a multitude, by arguments or eloquence, to deeds of usefulness; of pleading the cause of the oppressed;- a power of influencing the opinions of others, and of guiding them into sound sentiments and virtuous conduct.
- The principle, however, assumes another form, which, according to its direction, may aim at a higher object.
- When it becomes the governing propensity, the strongest principles of human nature give way before it,- even those of personal comfort and safety.
II. This is a species of power, the most gratifying by far to an exalted and virtuous mind, and one calculated to carry benefit to others wherever it is exerted.