The Monthly review. New and improved ser, Volume 50

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Page 42 - ... reasoning which can alone assure us of any matter of fact or existence. We then call the one object Cause, the other Effect.
Page 113 - The sovereign is completely discharged from a duty, in the attempting to perform which he must always be exposed to innumerable delusions, and for the proper performance of which, no human wisdom or knowledge could ever be sufficient ; the duty of superintending the industry of private people, and of directing it towards the employments most suitable to the interest of the society.
Page 137 - On us who saw these phenomena for the first time, the impression made will not easily be forgotten. The palpable evidence presented to us, of one of the most extraordinary and important facts in the natural history of the earth, gave a reality and substance to those theoretical speculations, which, however probable, had never till now been directly authenticated by the testimony of the senses. We often said to ourselves, What clearer evidence could we have had of the different formation of these...
Page 250 - Go, wiser thou ! and, in thy scale of sense, Weigh thy Opinion against Providence; Call imperfection what thou fancy'st such, Say, here he gives too little, there too much...
Page 42 - ... is carried by habit, upon the appearance of one event, to expect its usual attendant and to believe that it will exist. This connexion, therefore, which we feel in the mind, this customary transition of the imagination from one object to its usual attendant, is the sentiment or impression from which we form the idea of power or necessary connexion.
Page 231 - ... which are imputed to him, perhaps with truth, for who would slander him ? But I am not warranted by any experience of those humours to speak of him otherwise than of a friend, who always met me with kindness, and from whom I never separated without regret...
Page 152 - Edition p. 237. sympathies excited by just and appropriate expressions of energetic passions, whether they be of the tender or violent kind, are alike sublime, as they all tend to expand and elevate the mind, and fill it with those enthusiastic raptures, which Longinus justly states to be the true feelings of sublimity. Hence that author cites instances of the sublime from the tenderest odes of love, as well as from the most terrific images of war.
Page 150 - Thus have I seen in Cona; but Cona I behold no more; thus have I seen two dark hills removed from their place by the strength of the mountain stream. They turn from side to side, and their tall oaks meet one another on high. Then they fall together with all their rocks and trees.
Page 42 - To recapitulate, therefore, the reasonings of this section; Every idea is copied from some preceding impression or sentiment; and where we cannot find any impression, we may be certain that there is no idea...
Page 176 - That general knowledge which now circulates in common talk, was in his time rarely to be found. Men not professing learning were not ashamed of ignorance; and, in the female world, . any acquaintance with books was distinguished only to be censured.

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