The Amateur Philosopher

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C. Scribner's sons, 1917 - Life - 290 pages

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Page 155 - Say there be ; Yet nature is made better by no mean But nature makes that mean : so, over that art Which you say adds to nature, is an art That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentler scion to the wildest stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race : this is an art Which does mend nature, change it rather, but The art itself is nature.
Page 232 - It is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle!
Page 229 - Yes, in the dim brain of the jellied fish That is and is not living — moved and stirred From the beginning a mysterious wish, A vision, a command, a fatal Word: The name of Man was uttered, and they heard.
Page 229 - But why should they, her botch-work, turn about And stare disdain at me, her finished job? Why was the place one vast suspended shout Of laughter? Why did all the daylight throb With soundless guffaw and dumb-stricken sob? Helpless I stood among those awful cages; The beasts were walking loose, and...
Page 134 - It fortifies my soul to know That, though I perish, Truth is so : That, howsoe'er I stray and range, Whate'er I do, Thou dost not change. I steadier step when I recall That, if I slip, Thou dost not falL 'PERCHE PENSA?
Page 154 - ... dignity of obstetrics is fully recognized may we hope for any improvement in the conditions stated.
Page 236 - The manufacturer is interested in selling his goods, and in giving as little as he can for as much as he can get.
Page 175 - Nevertheless, the belief that matter is not what it seems to our senses persists. We may not regard it as pure illusion, a phantasm, but we cannot rid our minds of the possibility that it may be only a form of thought, our idea or God's, no less real because an idea, for ideas are real, but with a reality other than that we ascribe to it. We think of matter usually as something quite different from thought, the antithesis of thought, that which we think about.
Page 100 - Approach the problem specifically: we observe courage to be highly important in the perpetuation and enrichment of life. Yet we note, also, that self-preservation is essential, and this implies craft, often, if not timidity, for the creature that cannot face its adversary and survive must, if it is to live at all, resort to evasion; thus courage and timidity, opposed traits, may both be moral "virtues.
Page 81 - ... conversion? Is thought precipitated by physiological change ? If I declare this to be the case I make a dogmatic assertion only. I cannot detect a physiological change in most instances, and even when this is possible, as in the quickened heartbeat that comes with strong emotion, I am not justified in assuming that the heart-beat produces the emotion rather than the emotion the heartbeat. Nor in differences of temperament in two men can I put my finger upon a different nervous constitution.

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