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Page 20 - Surely every medicine is an innovation, and he that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils ; for time is the greatest innovator : and if time of course alter things to the worse, and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better, what shall be the end ? It is true, that what is settled by custom, though it be not good, yet at least it is fit. And those things which have long gone together, are, as it were, confederate within themselves : whereas new things piece not so well ;...
Page 21 - All this is true if time stood still; which, contrariwise, moveth so round that a froward retention of custom is as turbulent a thing as an innovation; and they that reverence too much old times are but a scorn to the new.
Page 50 - O, wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as others see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us an' foolish notion: what airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us, and ev'n Devotion!
Page 218 - There is a distinction between the case of a man who sees a fact and is called to prove it in a court of justice, and that of a man who is selected by a party to give his opinion, on a matter with which he is peculiarly conversant from the nature of his employment in life. The former is bound, as a matter of public duty, to speak to a fact which happens to have fallen within his knowledge — without such testimony the course of justice must be stopped.
Page 39 - The devil was sick, the devil a monk would be ; The devil was well, the devil a monk was he.
Page 181 - Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little...
Page 260 - Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other.
Page 207 - ... an expert is one possessing, in regard to a particular subject or department of human activity, knowledge not acquired by ordinary persons, or, as defined by a scientific writer, "an expert is one who can see all sides of a subject.