Consolations in Travel: Or, The Last Days of a Philosopher

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John Murray, 1830 - Chemists - 281 pages
 

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Page 93 - Thou art, of what sort the eternal life of the saints was to be, which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive.
Page 242 - They keep alive that inextinguishable thirst after knowledge, which is one of the greatest characteristics of our nature ; for every discovery opens a new field for investigation of facts, shows us the imperfection of our theories. It has justly been said, that the greater the circle of light, the greater the boundary' of darkness by which it is surrounded.
Page 267 - Electricity, as a chemical agent, may be considered, not only as directly producing an infinite variety of changes, but likewise as influencing almost all which take place. There are not two substances on the surface of the globe, that are not in different electrical relations to each other ; and chemical attraction itself seems to be a peculiar form of the exhibition of electrical attraction; and, wherever the atmosphere, or water, or any part of the surface of the earth gains accumulated electricity...
Page 228 - ... combining of alkali and sand, and certain clays and flints together to form glass and porcelain is a chemical process ; the colours which the artist employs to frame resemblances of natural objects, or to create combinations more beautiful than ever existed in nature are derived from chemistry; in short, in every branch of the common and fine arts, in every department of human industry, the influence of this science is felt, and we may find in the fable of Prometheus taking the flame from heaven...
Page 119 - I have found by experiment," says Sir Humphry Davy, " that the water taken from the most tranquil part of the lake, even after being agitated and exposed to the air, contained in solution more than its own volume of carbonic acid gas, with a very small quantity of sulphuretted hydrogen.
Page 130 - The submarine rocks of these new formations of land became covered with aquatic vegetables, on which various species of shell-fish, and common fishes, found their nourishment. As the temperature of the globe became lower, species of the oviparous reptiles appear to have been created to inhabit it ; and the turtle, crocodile, and various gigantic animals...
Page 30 - In the common history of the world, as compiled by authors in general, almost all the great changes of nations are confounded with changes in their dynasties, and events are usually referred either to sovereigns, chiefs, heroes, or their armies, which do, in fact, originate from entirely different causes, either of an intellectual or moral nature.
Page 216 - Intelligence to receive it ; the insensate seed, the slumbering egg, which were to be vivified, appeared like the new-born animal, works of a divine mind ; I saw love as the creative principle in the material world, and this love only as a divine attribute. Then...
Page 218 - Its influence outlives all earthly enjoyments, and becomes stronger as the organs decay and the frame dissolves ; it appears as that evening star of light in the horizon of life, which, we are sure, is to become in another season a morning star; and it throws its radiance through the gloom and shadow of death.
Page 169 - Nature never deceives us. The rocks, the mountains, the streams, always speak the same language. A shower of snow may hide the verdant woods in spring, a thunder-storm may render the blue, limpid streams foul and turbulent ; but these effects are rare and transient ; in a few hours, or at least days, all the sources of beauty are renovated ; and Nature affords no continued trains of misfortunes and miseries, such as depend upon the constitution of humanity, no hopes...

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