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Page 94 - That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow • warmer among the ruins of lona.
Page 62 - O, who can hold a fire in his hand, By thinking on the frosty Caucasus? Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite, By bare imagination of a feast...
Page 35 - Some of them have moons, that serve to give them light in the absence of the sun, as our moon does to us. They are all, in their motions, subject to the same law of gravitation as the earth is. From all this similitude, it is not unreasonable to think that those planets may, like our earth, be the habitation of various orders of living creatures.
Page 116 - The association of ideas suggested them, and the power of conception placed each of them before him with all its beauties and imperfections. In every natural scene, if we destine it for any particular purpose, there are defects and redundancies, which art may sometimes, but cannot always, correct. But the power of imagination is unlimited. She can create and annihilate ; and dispose, at pleasure, her woods, her rocks, and her rivers. Milton, accordingly, would not copy his Eden from any one scene,...
Page 89 - Hope and fear alternate sway*d his breast; Like light and shade upon a waving field, Coursing each other, when the flying clouds Now hide, and now reveal, the sun.
Page 91 - My soul, turn from them, turn we to survey Where rougher climes a nobler race display ; Where the bleak Swiss their stormy mansion tread, And force a churlish soil for scanty bread. No product here the barren hills afford, But man and steel, the soldier and his sword : No vernal blooms their torpid rocks array, But winter lingering chills the lap of May : No zephyr fondly...
Page 22 - Consciousness is a word used by philosophers, to signify that immediate knowledge which we have of our present thoughts and purposes, and, in general, of all the present operations of our minds. Whence we may observe, that consciousness is only of things present. To apply consciousness to things past, which sometimes is done in popular discourse, is to confound consciousness with memory; and all such confusion of words ought to be avoided in philosophical discourse.
Page 24 - When, therefore, in common language, we speak of having an idea of any thing, we mean no more by that expression but thinking of it. The vulgar allow, that this expression implies a mind that thinks ; an act of that mind which we call thinking, and an object about which we think. But, besides these three, the philosopher conceives that there is a fourth, to wit, the idea, which is the immediate object.
Page 163 - ... it soft. This is the notion which all mankind have of hardness and softness : they are neither sensations, nor like any sensation ; they were real qualities before they were perceived by touch, and continue to be so when they are not perceived : for if any man will affirm, that diamonds were not hard till they were handled, who would reason with him ? There is no doubt a sensation by which we perceive a body to be hard or soft.