Works, Volume 6

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Adam and Charles Black, 1872

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Page 58 - In the next place, man knows by an intuitive certainty, that bare nothing can no more produce any real being, than it can be equal to two right angles.
Page 217 - ... Faculty of an intellectual Being. For my own part, I look upon it as upon the Principle of Gravitation in Bodies, which is not to be explained by any known Qualities inherent in the Bodies themselves, nor from any Laws of Mechanism, but, according to the best Notions of the greatest Philosophers, is an immediate Impression from the first Mover, and the Divine Energy acting in the Creatures.
Page 132 - ... enlarged by a new set of discoveries communicated by God immediately; which reason vouches the truth of, by the testimony and proofs it gives that they come from God. So that he that takes away reason to make way for revelation, puts out the light of both, and does muchwhat the same as if he would persuade a man to put out his eyes, the better to receive the remote light of an invisible star by a telescope.
Page 217 - One in their nature, which are two in ours; And reason raise o'er instinct as you can, In this 'tis God directs, in that 'tis man.
Page 40 - ... all the sensations and perceptions which we have of the material world may be only ideas in our own minds : it is barely possible, therefore, that matter should have no existence. But that mind — that the sentient principle — that the thing or the being which we call "I" and "we," and which thinks, feels, reasons — should have no existence, is a contradiction in terms.
Page 116 - ... that so provident a cause as nature had not placed so many valves '• without design ; and no design seemed more probable, than that, since " the blood could not well, because of the interposing valves, be sent by " the veins to the limbs, it should be sent through the arteries, and re" turn through the veins, whose valves did not oppose its course that
Page 95 - Whereas the main Business of Natural Philosophy is to argue from Phenomena without feigning Hypotheses, and to deduce Causes from Effects, till we come to the very first Cause, which certainly is not mechanical; and not only to unfold the Mechanism of the World, but chiefly to resolve these and such like Questions.
Page 216 - Skill of a powerful ever-living Agent, who being in all Places, is more able by his Will to move the Bodies within his boundless uniform Sensorium, and thereby to form and reform the Parts of the Universe, than we are by our Will to move the Parts of our own Bodies.
Page 5 - O praeclarum diem cum in illud divinum animorum concilium coetumque proficiscar cumque ex hac turba et colluvione discedam ! Proficiscar enim non ad eos solum viros, de quibus ante dixi, verum etiam ad Catonem meum, quo nemo vir melior natus est, nemo pietate praestantior...

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