Essays on Historical Truth

Longmans, Green, 1871 - 468 Seiten

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Seite 60 - no arts, no letters, no society; and, which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short,
Seite 147 - The first time a man saw the communication of motion by impulse, as by the shock of two billiard-balls, he could not pronounce that the one event was connected, but only that it was conjoined with the other. After he has observed several instances of this nature, he then pronounces them to be connected. [The
Seite 69 - taking care to leave out the 19th verse, which is, 'Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay, but we will have a king to reign over us,
Seite 97 - From this ignorance of how to distinguish dreams and other strong fancies, from vision and sense, did arise the greatest part of the religion of the gentiles in time past, that worshipped satyrs, fawns, nymphs, and the like; and now-a-days the opinion that rude people have of fairies, ghosts, and goblins.
Seite 142 - It is evident,' he says, ' that as the senses, in changing their objects, are necessitated to change them regularly and take them as they lie contiguous to each other, the imagination must, by long custom, acquire the same method of thinking, and run along the parts of space and time in conceiving its objects.
Seite 415 - Go, Soul, the body's guest, Upon a thankless arrant, Fear not to touch the best, The truth shall be thy warrant. Go, since I needs must die, And give them all the lie. 'Go, tell the Court it glows, And shines like painted wood ; Go, tell the Church it shows What's good, but does no good. If Court and Church reply, Give Court and Church the lie.
Seite 62 - if princes command anything which subjects may not perform, because it is against the laws of God or of nature, or impossible, yet subjects are bound to undergo the punishment without either resistance or reviling, and so to yield a passive obedience when they cannot
Seite 139 - But though all kinds of government be improved in modern times, yet monarchical government seems to have made the greatest advances towards perfection. It may now be affirmed of civilised monarchies, what was formerly said in praise of republics alone, that they are a government of laws, not of men?
Seite 114 - of them that are, or have been, or may be, none of which are universal. But when he would have him to draw the picture of the king, or any particular person, he limiteth the painter to that one person he chuseth. It is plain, therefore, that there is nothing universal but names.
Seite 133 - cold, uncertain, dependent, and precarious." " Sir," said Adams, " my definition of charity is a generous disposition to relieve the distressed." " There is something in that definition," answered Peter, " which I like well enough; it is, as you say, a disposition; and does not so much consist in the act as in the disposition to do it."

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