The Monadology and Other Philosophical Writings

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Clarendon Press, 1898 - Monadology - 437 pages
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Page 414 - So, naturalists observe, a flea Has smaller fleas that on him prey; And- these have smaller still to bite 'em, And so proceed ad infinitum.
Page 242 - For I doubt not but, if it had been a thing contrary to any man's right of dominion, or to the interest of men that have dominion, ' that the three angles of a triangle should be equal to two angles of a square,' that doctrine should have been, if not disputed, yet by the burning of all books of geometry, suppressed, as far as he whom it concerned was able.
Page 23 - By substance, I understand that which is in itself and is conceived through itself; in other words, that, the conception of which does not need the conception of another thing from which it must be formed.
Page 56 - ... and to observe that this or that is within us: and it is thus that, in thinking of ourselves, we think of being, of substance, simple or compound, of the immaterial and of God himself, conceiving that what is limited in us is in him without limits.
Page 388 - The gravitation of matter towards matter by ways unconceivable to me, is not only a demonstration that God can, if he pleases, put into bodies powers and ways of operation, above what can be derived from our idea of body...
Page 262 - The soul follows its own laws, and the body likewise follows its own laws; and they agree with each other in virtue of the preestablished harmony between all substances, since they are all representations of one and the same universe.
Page 289 - Do not do to others what you do not wish to be done to you ; and wish for others what you desire and long for yourself — this is the essence of dharma. Heed it well.
Page 338 - ... the reason why there exists any world and why this world rather than some other. You may indeed suppose the world eternal ; but as you suppose only a succession of states, in none of which do you find the sufficient reason, and as even any number of...
Page 376 - At the height of the vogue for 'second Spiras', at the end of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth...
Page 16 - Leibniz's death, says that he was buried ' more like a robber than, what he really was, the ornament of his country.

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