Sketches of the Philosophy of Life

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Colburn, 1819 - 466 Seiten
 

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Seite 248 - Tho' they may gang a kennin wrang, To step aside is human : One point must still be greatly dark, The moving Why they do it ; And just as lamely can ye mark, How far perhaps they rue it. Who made the heart, 'tis He alone Decidedly can try us, He knows each chord its various tone, Each spring its various bias : Then at the balance let's be mute, We never can adjust it ; What's done we partly may compute, But know not what's resisted.
Seite ii - ... pourvu que je ne parle en mes écrits, ni de l'autorité, ni du culte, ni de la politique, ni de la morale, ni des gens en place, ni des corps en crédit, ni de l'opéra, ni des autres spectacles, ni de personne qui tienne à quelque chose, je puis tout imprimer librement, sous l'inspection de deux ou trois censeurs.
Seite 44 - The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side, His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
Seite 317 - Si la nature, au lieu de mains et de doigts flexibles, eût terminé nos poignets par un pied de cheval, qui doute que les hommes sans arts, sans habitations, sans défense contre les animaux, tout occupés du soin de pourvoir à leur nourriture et d'éviter les bêtes féroces, ne fussent encore errants dans les forêts comme des troupeaux fugitifs (i)?
Seite 239 - BS well as men ; and to say that fleas and mites, &c. have immortal souls as well as men, will possibly be looked on as going a great way to serve an hypothesis.
Seite 380 - But man, th' inhabitant of every clime, With all the commorers of. Nature feeds. Directed, bounded, by this power within, Their cravings are well aim'd: voluptuous man Is by superior faculties misled; Misled from pleasure even in quest of joy, Sated with Nature's boons, what thousands seek, With dishes tortur'd from their native taste, And mad variety, to spur beyond Its wiser will the jaded appetite ! Is this for pleasure ? Learn a juster taste.' And know that temperance is true luxury.
Seite 270 - Seneca cannot raise the spirits, when a pint of claret will ? It might, methinks, somewhat abate the insolence of human pride to consider, that it is but increasing or diminishing the velocity of certain fluids in the animal machine, to elate the soul with the gayest hopes, or sink her into the deepest despair ; to depresi the hero into a coward, or advance the coward into a hero.
Seite 291 - My father," says he in his Memoirs, " had been afflicted with a palsy for several years before his death. I have heard him ask twenty times in a day, ' What is the name of the lad that is at college ? ' (my elder brother) ; and yet he was able to repeat, without a blunder, hundreds of lines out of classic authors.
Seite 258 - ... whose multiplied necessities and artificial passions oblige him to reason at every step, and to calculate every action, is, too frequently, self-centred, cold, and indifferent; and he extracts the materials of individual gratification even from the failure of friends, the misfortunes of his country, or the grave of his longest and most tried connections.
Seite 13 - On peut tirer du théorème précédent cette conséquence, qui doit être regardée comme une loi générale, savoir, que les rapports des effets de la nature sont, à fort peu près, constants quand ces effets sont considérés en grand nombre. Ainsi, malgré la variété des années, la somme des...

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