Hermes: Or, A Philosophical Inquiry Concerning Universal Grammar

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Page 49 - Dire was the tossing, deep the groans : Despair Tended the sick, busiest from couch to couch ; And over them triumphant Death his dart Shook, but delay'd to strike, though oft invoked With vows, as their chief good, and final hope.
Page 338 - The sum of all is, that words are the symbols of ideas both general and particular ; yet of the general, primarily, essentially, and immediately ; of the particular, only secondarily, accidentally, and mediately.
Page 321 - The truth is, that every medium through which we exhibit any thing to another's contemplation, is either derived from natural attributes, and then it is an imitation; or else from accidents quite arbitrary, and then it is a symbol b.
Page 261 - All which instances, with many others of like kind, shew that the first words of men, like their first ideas, had an immediate reference to sensible objects, and that in after-days, when they began to discern with their intellect, they took those words which they found already made, and transferred them by metaphor to intellectual conceptions.
Page 97 - ... the end of one time and the beginning of another. Let us suppose, for example, the lines AB, B C. n AC I say, that the point B is the end of the line AB, and the beginning of the line B C. In the same manner let us suppose AB, BC to represent certain times, and let B be a now or instant.
Page 118 - God want praife : Millions of fpiritual creatures walk the earth Unfeen, both when we wake, and when we fleep.
Page 411 - Plato wrote, appears to fuit fo accurately with the Stile of both, that when we read either of the two, we cannot help thinking, that it is he alone, who has hit its' character, and that it could not have appeared fo elegant in any other manner.
Page 285 - Be the subject itself immediately lucrative or not, the nerves of reason are braced by the mere employ, and we become abler actors in the drama of life, whether our part be of the busier or of the sedater kind.
Page 257 - Accusatives, for both those places are already filled ; the Nominative, by the substance Sun ; the Accusative by the substance Earth. Not as Attributes to these last, or to any other thing : for, attributes by nature, they neither are nor can be made *. Here then we perceive the rise and use of Prepositions. By these we connect those substantives to sentences, which at the time are unable to coalesce of themselves. Let us assumo for instance a pair of these connectives, THRO' and WITH, -and mark...
Page 396 - Hence they talked of kings as gods ; and of themselves as the meanest and most abject reptiles. Nothing was either great or little in moderation, but every sentiment was heightened by incredible hyperbole. Thus, though they sometimes ascended into the great and magnificent, they as frequently degenerated into the tumid and bombast.

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