Beginnings of a New School of Metaphysics: Three Essays in One Volume

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842 - Grammar, Comparative and general - 518 pages
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Page 173 - Could I embody and unbosom now That which is most within me — could I wreak My thoughts upon expression, and thus throw Soul, heart, mind, passions, feelings, strong or weak, All that I would have sought, and all I seek, Bear, know, feel, and yet breathe — into one word, And that one word were Lightning, I would speak ; But as it is, I live and die unheard, With a most voiceless thought, sheathing it as a sword.
Page 200 - It is evident how much men love to deceive, and be deceived, since rhetoric, that powerful instrument of error and deceit, has its established professors, is publicly taught, and has always been had in great reputation...
Page 199 - ... to insinuate wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead the judgment; and so indeed are perfect cheats: and therefore, however laudable or allowable oratory may render them in harangues and popular addresses, they are certainly, in all discourses that pretend to inform or instruct, wholly to be avoided; and where truth and knowledge are concerned, cannot but be thought a great fault, either of the language or person that makes use of them.
Page 199 - But yet if we would speak of things as they are, we must allow that all the art of rhetoric, besides order and clearness, all the artificial and figurative application of words eloquence hath invented, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ideas, move thii passions, and thereby mislead the judgment, and so indeed are perfect cheats...
Page 198 - Since wit and fancy find easier entertainment in the world than dry truth and real knowledge, figurative speeches and allusion in language will hardly be admitted as an imperfection or abuse of it. I confess, in discourses where we seek rather pleasure and delight than information and improvement, such ornaments as are borrowed from them can scarce pass for faults. But yet if we would speak of things as they are, we must allow that all the art of...
Page 145 - This therefore being my purpose, to inquire into the original, certainty, and extent of human knowledge, together with the grounds and degrees of belief, opinion, and assent...
Page 207 - Where is Cupid's crimson motion ? Billowy ecstasy of woe, Bear me straight, meandering ocean, Where the stagnant torrents flow. Blood in every vein is gushing, Vixen vengeance lulls my heart, See, the Gorgon gang is rushing ! Never, never let us part.
Page 4 - They tooth and nail, and helter skelter, Fought fist to fist ; then with a club Each learned his brother brute to drub ; Till, more experienced grown, these cattle Forged fit accoutrements for battle. At last (Lucretius says and Creech) They set their wits to work on speech : And that their thoughts might all have marks To make them known, these learned clerks , Left off the trade of cracking crowns, And manufactured verbs and nouns.
Page 152 - There cannot be a doubt that this extraordinary omission had its origin in the doubts which men are prone to entertain of the mind's existence independent of matter.
Page 201 - Are we to infer that he regarded rhetorical theories in general only as objects of ridicule and, like the author of Hudibras in a later age, held that All a rhetorician's rules Teach nothing but to name his tools ? There are a score of other passages in which he or the characters through whom he speaks profess to care little and know nothing about rhetoric. Says the Franklin : I lerned never rethoric certeyn ; Thing that I speke, it mote be bare and pleyn. I sleep never on the Mount of Pernaso Ne...

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