An Essay on the Improvement of Time

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R. Carter & Brothers, 1866
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Page 41 - ... of times stronger than they are in any man — this whole system of action is going on at this very moment of time. Many of the agents within this vast economy may not have a similar mode of distinguishing duration that we have, but they are nevertheless performing their works in the same point of duration which is now present with us under the name of a moment or an hour. The Omnipresent Spirit perceives all but an infinite number of actions taking place together throughout all the different...
Page 42 - ... different regions of His empire. And by the end of the hour which has just now begun a greater number of operations will have been performed, which at this moment have not been performed, than the collective sum of all that has been done in this world since its creation. The hour just now begun may be exactly the period for finishing some great plan, or concluding some great dispensation which thousands of years or ages have been advancing to its accomplishment. This may be the very hour in which...
Page 43 - Him that appointed them, for the sake of commanding a solemn attention, and confirming some Divine communication by miracles. At this hour, the inhabitants of the creation are most certainly performing more actions than any faculty of mind less than infinite can observe or remember. All this, and incomparably more than all this, a philosopher and a Christian would delight to imagine. And all that he can imagine in the widest stretch of thought, is as nothing in comparison with what most certainly...
Page 42 - Europe at this same time are more diminutive than those of the meanest insects. At this very hour, thousands of amazing enterprises may be undertaken, and by the end of it a progress made, which to us would have seemed to require ages. At this hour, wise intelligences may terminate long and patient pursuits of knowledge in such discoveries as shall give a new science to their race. At this hour, a whole race of improved and virtuous beings may be elevated to a higher station in the...
Page 34 - ... water ; and the agony of despair as it disappeared, after being dimly seen for an instant, while sinking below. Imagine a man possessing a small estate on a coast where the sea is continually encroaching. With what a melancholy feeling he sees each year the sterile sand brought a few feet further, and after every storm a little more of the brink of his field washed away,— the mound crumbling, and even perhaps the walls of his house beginning to crack and warp from the correctness of their angle...
Page 96 - It is incessantly darting into annihilation with a haste more urgent than even the most eager wishes of an atheist. It elapses with such inexpressible celerity, that no human and perhaps no angelic mind has quickness of thought enough to fix on a moment as present. Before the act of thought is perfected the moment is fled, and a long train of additional ones while the thought glances after it, and thousands more while the mind is wondering at the speed, and millions more while we are pensively considering...
Page 34 - We can represent to ourselves his eagerness and consternation on finding it gone out of his hand, and seeing it strike the surface of the water ; and the agony of despair as it disappeared, after being dimly seen for an instant, while sinking below. Imagine a man possessing a small estate on a coast where the sea is continually encroaching. With what a melancholy feeling he sees each year the sterile sand brought a few feet further, and after every storm a little more of the brink of his field washed...
Page 42 - ... advancing to its accomplishment. This may be the very hour in which a new world shall originate, or an ancient one sink in ruins. At this hour, such changes and phenomena may be displayed in some part of the universe, as were never presented to the astonishment of the most ancient created minds. At this very hour, the inhabitants of some remote orb may be roused by signs analogous to those which we anticipate to precede the final judgment, and in order to prepare them for such an event.
Page 9 - Though in point of literary merit this posthumous volume may not hold an equal rank with the more finished performances that were published during the author's lifetime, and subjected by him to repeated and careful revision. yet it is presented to the public with the firm conviction, that in elevated views of religious truth and a profound acquaintance with the human heart, it is not unworthy of being associated with them, and that like them, it will powerfully tend to impress on thoughtful and cultivated...
Page 97 - ... stealing away in the profoundest silence, with a speed which would defy the swiftest birds, and leaving us to be animated by the sunbeams, or to regret the departed softness of the shade the very instant after we have become sensible of its involving us.

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