The System of Nature, Or, Laws of the Moral and Physical World

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G.W. & A.J. Matsell, 1836 - Materialism - 368 pages

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Page 130 - For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
Page 130 - Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?
Page vii - Exegi monumentum aere perennius Regalique situ pyramidum altius, Quod non imber edax, non Aquilo impotens Possit diruere aut innumerabilis Annorum series et fuga temporum.
Page 192 - No man can have in his mind an Image of infinite magnitude; nor conceive infinite swiftness, infinite time, or infinite force, or infinite power. When we say...
Page 220 - There is not so contemptible a plant or animal that does not confound the most enlarged understanding.
Page 216 - ... wiser; which would again involve a contradiction. The theologians fearing, without doubt, to restrain the liberty of the Divinity, have supposed it was necessary that he should not be bound by his own laws, in which they have shewn somewhat more ignorance of their subject than they imagined. 10th, "The self-existent Being, the supreme Cause of all things, must of necessity have infinite power.
Page 96 - It is said: that in consequence of an idea to which the mind gives birth, man acts freely if he encounters no obstacle. But the question is, what gives birth to this idea in his brain? was he the master either to prevent it from presenting itself, or from renewing itself in his brain? Does not this idea depend either upon objects that strike him exteriorly and in despite of himself, or upon causes, that without his knowledge, act within himself and modify his brain? Can he prevent his eyes, cast...
Page 217 - must of necessity be a being of infinite goodness, justice, and truth, and all other moral perfections, such as become the supreme governor and judge of the •world.
Page 92 - Action always being the effect of his will once determined, and as his will cannot be determined but by a motive which is not in his own power, it follows that he is never the master of the determination of his own peculiar will; that consequently he never acts as a free agent. It has been believed that man was a free agent because he had a will with the power of choosing; but attention has not been paid to the fact that even his will is moved by causes independent of himself; is owing to that which...
Page 117 - In old age man extinguishes entirely, his fibres become rigid ; his nerves lose their elasticity ; his senses are obtunded ; his sight grows dim ; his ears lose their quickness ; his ideas become unconnected; his memory fails; his imagination cools; what then becomes of his soul ? Alas! it sinks down with the body ; it gets benumbed as this loses its feeling ; becomes sluggish as this decays in activity ; like it, when enfeebled by years, it fulfils its functions with pain. This substance which is...

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