Rationalism: A Treatise for the Times

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J. Watson, 1845 - Rationalism - 47 pages
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Page 17 - In the world's broad field of battle. In the bivouac of life, Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife!
Page 11 - ... who is at one time a lover of pleasure is at another a lover of money. Those indeed who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms. But to the particular species of excellence men are directed not by an ascendant planet or predominating humour, but by the first book which they read, some early conversation which they heard, or some accident which excited ardour and emulation.
Page 11 - Find, if you can, in what you cannot change. Manners with fortunes, humours turn with climes, Tenets with books, and principles with times.
Page 1 - It often happens that an important principle is vaguely apprehended, and incidentally expressed, long before it is reduced to a definite form or fixed by regular proof; but while it floats in this state on the surface of men's understandings, it is only of casual and limited utility ; it is sometimes forgotten and sometimes abandoned, seldom pursued to its consequences, and frequently denied in its modifications. It is only after it has been clearly established by an indisputable process of reasoning,...
Page 19 - That man is compelled by his original constitution to receive his feelings and convictions independently of his will. "3rd, That his feelings, or his convictions, or both of them united, create the motive to action called the will, which stimulates him to act, and decides his actions.
Page 21 - The conduct of men being necessitated, the affairs of life are a process which fact all should remember, that anger may be avoided as only the poor exhibition of ignorance taken by surprise.
Page 21 - ... impressed with radiant characters of infinite wisdom ; and all the perfections of the universe are contracted with such inimitable art in man, that he needs no other book but himself to make him a complete philosopher.
Page 9 - Mankind being influenced by external circumstances]] suggests to each individual, wariness of conduct — as every erroneous step will make itself felt; and the same consideration warrants high confidence in just action as that can never be lost to the world. This fact imparts energy to character, and makes a man, to a certain extent, master of fate. It teaches him that in the worst circumstances there is hope of amendment or chance of dignity — if he has but wisdom to guide and courage to act....
Page 38 - Inasmuch as it degrades man, and insults man's Maker, it has no right to repose upon a bed of roses ; by no possibility can it and human progress exist together. Beneath its withering blight, all that makes man better than the beast of the field, pines and dies.

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