A biographical sketch of sir Isaac Newton. To which are added reports of the oration of lord Brougham at Grantham

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Page 112 - I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Page 63 - in the whole air of his face and make there was nothing of that penetrating sagacity which appears in his compositions. He had something rather languid in his look and manner which did not raise any great expectation in those who did not know him.
Page 38 - I see I have made myself a slave to philosophy; but if I get free of Mr. Linus's business, I will resolutely bid adieu to it eternally, excepting what I do for my private satisfaction, or leave to come out after me; for I see a man must either resolve to put out nothing new, or to become a slave to defend it.
Page 64 - I keep the subject constantly before me, and wait till the first dawnings open slowly by little and little into a full and clear light.
Page 37 - I am purposing them to be considered of and examined on account of a philosophical discovery, which induced me to the making of the said telescope, and which I doubt not but will prove much more grateful than the communication of that instrument, being in my judgment the oddest if not the most considerable detection which hath hitherto been made in the operations of nature...
Page 24 - ... ill resented by men that think otherwise, as discommendations ; and you will insinuate into men's favour by nothing sooner than seeming to approve and commend what they like ; but beware of doing it by a comparison.
Page 95 - taking mathematicians from the beginning of the world to the time when Newton lived, what he had done was much the better half.
Page 37 - Sarum in proposing me a candidate ; and which, I hope, will be further conferred upon me by my election into the Society ; and if so, I shall endeavour to testify my gratitude, by communicating what my poor and solitary endeavours can effect towards the promoting your philosophical designs.
Page 63 - This opinion of Bishop Atterbury is confirmed by an observation of Mr. Thomas Hearne, 1 who says, " that Sir Isaac was a man of no very promising aspect. He was a short well-set man. He was full of thought, and spoke very little in company, so that his conversation was not agreeable. When he rode in his coach one arm would be out of his coach on one side, and the other on the other.
Page 61 - Who, by a vigour of mind almost supernatural, First demonstrated The Motions and Figures of the Planets, The Paths of the Comets, and the Tides of the Ocean. He diligently investigated The different refrangibilities of the Rays of Light, And the properties of the Colours to which they give rise.

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