Louis Lambert. Facino Cane. Gambara. Melmoth absolved, etc. v.31. Juana. A drama on the seashore. The hated son, etc (Google eBook)

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Little, Brown, 1896
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Page xcix - That gravity should be innate, inherent, and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance through a vacuum, without the mediation of anything else, by and through which their action and force may be conveyed from one to another, is to me so great an absurdity that I believe no man, who has in philosophical matters a competent faculty of thinking, can ever fall into it. Gravity must be caused by an agent acting constantly according to certain laws ; but whether this agent...
Page clii - ... to those in whom the will has turned and has denied itself, this our world, which is so real, with all its suns and milky ways— is nothing.
Page xcviii - It is inconceivable that inanimate brute matter should without the mediation of something else, which is not material, operate upon and affect other matter without mutual contact, as it must be if gravitation, in the sense of Epicurus, be essential and inherent in it.
Page cxviii - I HAD a vision when the night was late : A youth came riding toward a palace-gate. He rode a horse with wings, that would have flown, But that his heavy rider kept him down. And from the palace came a child of sin, And took him by the curls, and led him in. Where sat a company with heated eyes, Expecting when a fountain should arise : A sleepy light upon their brows and lips — As when the sun, a crescent of eclipse...
Page cxxxiii - Motion as well as matter being fixed in quantity it would seem that the change in the distribution of matter which motion effects coming to a limit in whichever direction it is carried, the indestructible motion thereupon necessitates a reverse distribution. Apparently the universally co-existent forces of attraction and repulsion, which, as we have seen, necessitate rhythm in all minor changes throughout the universe, also necessitate rhythm in the totality of its changes, produce now an immeasurable...
Page cvi - What, truly, can seem to be more obviously different from one another, in faculty, in form, and in substance, than the various kinds of living beings ? What community of faculty can there be between the...
Page xxiv - Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whate'er you may believe.
Page cxix - And when we consider the infinite power and wisdom of the Maker, we have reason to think that it is suitable to the magnificent harmony of the universe, and the great design and infinite goodness of the Architect...
Page cxix - That there should be more species of intelligent creatures above us than there are of sensible and material below us, is probable to me from hence, that in all the visible corporeal world, we see no chasms or gaps.*/ All quite down from us the descent is by easy steps, and a continued series of things, that in each remove differ very little one from the other.
Page xxv - Blinds it, and makes all error : and, to KNOW, Rather consists in opening out a way Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape. Than in effecting entry for a light Supposed to be without.

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