A Defence of Prejudice: And Other Essays

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1911 - Philosophy - 183 pages
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Page 150 - The true,' to put it very briefly, is only the expedient in the way of our thinking, just as 'the right' is only the expedient in the way of our behaving.
Page 73 - In our halls is hung Armoury of the invincible knights of old : We must be free or die, who speak the tongue That Shakespeare spake, the faith and morals hold Which Milton held.
Page 43 - is not of this world. I trust that I have got hold of my pitcher by the right handle,— the true method of treating this study. For the Pseudochymists seek gold ; but the true philosophers, science, which is more precious than any gold.
Page 69 - Wer will was Lebendigs erkennen und beschreiben, Sucht erst den Geist heraus zu treiben, Dann hat er die Theile in seiner Hand, Fehlt leider! nur das geistige Band.
Page 112 - To suffer woes which hope thinks infinite; To forgive wrongs darker than death or night; To defy power which seems omnipotent; To love and bear; to hope till hope creates From its own wreck the thing it contemplates...
Page 43 - to the benevolent reader" of his Physica Subterranea, he speaks of the chemists as a strange class of mortals, impelled by an almost insane impulse to seek their pleasure among smoke and vapor, soot and flame, poisons and poverty. " Yet among all these evils," he says, " I seem to myself to live so sweetly, that, may I die if I would change places with the Persian king.
Page 30 - ... philosophy of life, Fichte regards the material world, the course of its events, its routine of universal law, the every-day circumstance and commonplace of experience, as merely the stage-setting of the great moral drama of life. 'Our world,' he says, 'is the sensualized material of our duty. What compels us to yield belief in the reality of the world is a moral force, — the only force that is possible for a free being.
Page 6 - The square described on the hypothenuse of a rightangled triangle is equal to the sum of the squares described on the other two sides.
Page 53 - ... convincing himself, nevertheless if in this process there is any element of self-deception, he is perilously near the danger line. There are no fallacies so subtle as those which insinuate themselves into our reasonings at a time when our interests are involved. Therefore when we seek to free ourselves of the burden of responsibility in any situation, we must be peculiarly on guard, that we do not allow ourselves to become ensnared in the toils of those artificial distinctions and plausible explanations,...
Page 11 - ... following the suggestions of fugitive feelings, of whim and caprice, we may be quite sure that we will discover no trace of any oracle of wisdom within the hidden depths of the mind. We are all aware of the activity of these undercurrents of reason in our thinking. We reach certain conclusions without being conscious of the process of reasoning connected with them. They are so little a part of us that they seem prepared for us rather than produced by us. We find ourselves, for instance, face...

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