Rationalism: A Treatise for the Times

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J. Watson, 1845 - 47페이지
 

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17 페이지 - In the world's broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life, Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife!
11 페이지 - ... who is at one time a lover of pleasure is at another a lover of money. Those indeed who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms. But to the particular species of excellence men are directed not by an ascendant planet or predominating humour, but by the first book which they read, some early conversation which they heard, or some accident which excited ardour and emulation.
46 페이지 - Monday morning, at half-past five by the clock ; the rushing off of its thousand mills, like the boom of an Atlantic tide, ten thousand times ten thousand spools and spindles all set humming there, — it is perhaps, if thou knew it well, sublime as a Niagara, or more so. Cotton-spinning is the clothing of the naked in its result ; the triumph of man over matter in its means.
19 페이지 - That man is compelled by his original constitution to receive his feelings and convictions independently of his will. "3rd, That his feelings, or his convictions, or both of them united, create the motive to action called the will, which stimulates him to act, and decides his actions.
1 페이지 - It often happens," as he well observes in the Preface, pp. vii. viii., " that ад important principle is vaguely apprehended, and incidentally expressed, long before it is reduced to a definite form, or fixed by regular proof : but while it floats in this state on the surface of men's understandings it is only of casual and limited utility; it is sometimes forgotten and sometimes abandoned, seldom pursued to its consequences, and frequently denied in its modifications. It is only after it has been...
1 페이지 - ... apprehended, and incidentally expressed, long before it is reduced to a definite form, or fixed by regular proof : but while it floats in this state on the surface of men's understandings it is only of casual and limited utility; it is sometimes forgotten and sometimes abandoned, seldom pursued to its consequences, and frequently denied in its modifications. It is only after it has been clearly established by an indisputable process of reasoning, explored in its bearings, and exhibited in all...
24 페이지 - But in these cases We still have judgment here; that we but teach Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return To plague the inventor; this even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice To our own lips.
9 페이지 - ... 2. — The conduct of men being necessitated, the affairs of life§ are a process — which fact all should remember, that anger may be avoided as only the poor exhibition of ignorance taken by surprise. " 3. — Mankind being influenced by external circumstances]] suggests to each individual, wariness of conduct — as every erroneous step will make itself felt; and the same consideration warrants high confidence in just action as that can never be lost to the world. This fact imparts energy...
46 페이지 - Hast thou heard, with sound ears, the awakening of a Manchester, on Monday morning, at half-past five by the clock ; the rushing off of its thousand mills, like the boom of an Atlantic tide, ten thousand times ten thousand spools and spindles all set humming there, — it is perhaps, if thou knew it well, sublime as a Niagara, or more so.
31 페이지 - ... science of material circumstances. Rationalism advises what is useful to society without asking whether it is religious or not. It makes morality the sole business of life, and declares that from the cradle to the grave man should be guided by reason and regulated by science. It looks on man, to all practical purposes, as a purely material being - other systems have chiefly spiritualised him. It would have been well if they had spiritualised his miseries, but they have only refined into nothings...

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