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Hurd and Houghton, 1864
 

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Pagina 119 - This grew speedily to an excess ; for men began to hunt more after words than matter ; and more after the choiceness of the phrase, and the round and clean composition of the sentence, and the sweet falling of the clauses, and the varying and illustration of their works with tropes and figures, than after the weight of matter, worth of subject, soundness of argument, life of invention, or depth of judgment.
Pagina 182 - THE parts of human learning have reference to the three parts of man's Understanding, which is the seat of learning : History to his Memory, Poesy to his Imagination, and Philosophy to his Reason.
Pagina 276 - For the mind of man is far from the nature of a clear and equal glass, wherein the beams of things should reflect according to their true incidence ; nay, it is rather like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced.
Pagina 398 - Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me : and again a little while and ye shall see me ; and, Because I go to the Father ? They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while ? we cannot tell what he saith.
Pagina 140 - Surely there is a vein for the silver, And a place for gold where they fine it. Iron is taken out of the earth, And brass is molten out of the stone.
Pagina 135 - But this is that which will indeed dignify and exalt knowledge, if contemplation and action may be more nearly and straitly conjoined and united together than they have been; a conjunction like unto that of the two highest planets, Saturn, the planet of rest and contemplation, and Jupiter, the planet of civil society and action...
Pagina 168 - But the images of men's wits and knowledges remain in books, exempted from the wrong of time and capable of perpetual renovation.
Pagina 356 - A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
Pagina 122 - Surely, like as many substances in nature which are solid do putrefy and corrupt into worms;— so it is the property of good and sound knowledge to putrefy and dissolve into a number of subtle, idle, unwholesome, and (as I may term them) vermiculate questions, which have indeed a kind of quickness and life of spirit, but no soundness of matter or goodness of quality.
Pagina 125 - Percontatorem fugito, nam garrulus idem est," an inquisitive man is a prattler ; so, upon the like reason, a credulous man is a deceiver : as we see it in fame, that he that will easily believe rumours, will as easily augment rumours, and add .somewhat to them of his own ; which Tacitus wisely noteth, when he saith, " Fingunt simul creduntque :" so great an affinity hath fiction and belief.

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