Natural History of Enthusiasm

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R. Carter & Bros., 1859 - Enthusiasm - 296 pages

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Page 246 - He has invented a new missile — the following syllogism : " The apostles were commanded to go into all the world, and to preach the gospel to every creature.
Page 35 - One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is holy, and who dwelleth in the high and holy place," when He invites us to his friendship, holds the splendour of His natural perfections in abeyance, and proclaims, that " He dwells with the man who is of a humble and contrite spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Page 29 - The very idea of addressing petitions to Him who " worketh all things" according to the counsel of His own...
Page 288 - Martin:—This personage was in the habit of frequenting the palace, where he was always honourably entertained by the Empress, who not only hung upon his lips for instruction, but, in imitation of the penitent mentioned in the Gospels, actually bathed his feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair; and he who never before had sustained the touch of a woman '. could not avoid her assiduities.
Page 12 - Enthusiasts. To apply an epithet which carries with it an idea of folly, of weakness, and of extravagance, to a vigorous mind, efficiently as well as ardently engaged in the pursuit of any substantial and 'important object, is not merely to misuse a word, but to introduce confusion among our notions, and to put contempt upon what is deserving of respect. Where there is no error of imagination — no misjudging of realities — no calculations which reason condemns, there is no enthusiasm, even though...
Page 99 - ... our own times, multitudes have drunk to intoxication of the phial of prophetic interpretation ; and, amid imagined peals of the mystic thunder, have become deaf to the voice both of common sense and of duty. The piety of such persons — if piety it may be called, has made them hunger and thirst, not for " the bread and water of life," but for the news of the political world.
Page 25 - Christianity,' says a recent writer, ' has in some short periods of its history been entirely dissociated from philosophical modes of thought and expression ; and assuredly it has prospered in such periods. At other times it has scarcely been seen at all, except in the garb of metaphysical discussion, and then it has lost all its vigour and glory.
Page 13 - ... object. If once we abandon this distinction, language will want a term for a wellknown and very common vice of the mind ; and, from a wasteful perversion of phrases, we must be reduced to speak of qualities most noble and most base by the very same designation. If the objects which excite the ardour of the mind are substantial, and if the mode of pursuit be truly conducive to their attainment ; — if, in a word, all be real and genuine, then it is not one degree more, or even many degrees more,...
Page 147 - Heaven— the ultimate and perfected condition of human nature, is thought of amidst the toils of life, as an elysium of quiescent bliss, exempt, if not from action, at least from the necessity of action. Meanwhile every one feels that the ruling tendency and the uniform intention of all the arrangements of the present state, and of almost all its casualties, is to generate and to cherish habits of strenuous exertion.
Page 129 - And herein especially is manifested the perfection of the Divine wisdom, that the most surprising conjunctions of events are brought about by the simplest means, and in a manner that is perfectly in harmony with the ordinary course of human affairs. This is in fact the great miracle of providence — that no miracles are needed to accomplish its purposes.

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