Hermes, Or, A Philosophical Inquiry Concerning Universal Grammar

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C. Nourse, 1786 - Language and languages - 442 pages
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Page 49 - Of nations ; there the capitol thou seest Above the rest lifting his stately head On the Tarpeian rock, her citadel Impregnable, and there Mount Palatine, The...
Page 268 - I have faid, will (hoot in the dark; will be liable to perpetual blunders ; will explain, a.ndfrai/e, and cenfure, merely by chance; and though HE MAY POSSIBLY TO FOOLS APPEAR AS A WISE MAN, WILL CERTAINLY AMONG THE WISE EVER PASS FOR A FOOL. Such a. man's intellect comprehends antient philofophy, as his eye comprehends a diftant profpeft.
Page 406 - Music and Painting, that these came from Italy; our Phrases in Cookery and War, that we learnt these from the French; and our Phrases in Navigation, that we were taught by the •Flemings and Low Dutch. These many and very different Sources of our Language may be the cause, why it is so...
Page 267 - All which instances, with many others of like kind, shew that the first words of men, like their first ideas, had an immediate reference to sensible objects, and that in after-days, when they began to discern with their intellect, they took those words which they found already made, and transferred them by metaphor to intellectual conceptions.
Page 423 - Journey through fome pleafant Country, where every mile we advance, new charms arife. It is certainly as eafy to be a Scholar, as a Gamefter, or many other Characters equally illiberal and low. The fame application, the fame quantity of habit will fit us for one, as completely as for the other. And as to thofe who tell us, with an air of feeming wifdom, that it is Men...
Page 293 - Be the subject itself immediately lucrative or not, the nerves of reason are braced by the mere employ, and we become abler actors in the drama of life, whether our part be of the busier or of the sedater kind.
Page 407 - If at any time civil discords arose among them (and arise there did innumerable), the contest was never about the form of their government (for this was an object of which the combatants had no conception) : it was all from the poor motive of, who...
Page 415 - In the short space of little more than a century they became such statesmen, warriors, orators, historians, physicians, poets, critics, painters, sculptors? architects, and (last of all) philosophers, that one can hardly help considering that golden period, as a providential event in honour of human nature, to shew to what perfection, the species might ascend*.
Page 408 - Hence they talked of kings as gods ; and of themselves as the meanest and most abject reptiles. Nothing was either great or little in moderation, but every sentiment was heightened by incredible hyperbole. Thus, though they sometimes ascended into the great and magnificent, they as frequently degenerated into the tumid and bombast.
Page 268 - Philosophers, or even to cite and translate him (except in trite and obvious sentences) without accurately knowing the Greek Tongue in general ; the nice differences of many Words apparently...

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