Characteristics of men, manners, opinions, times: with a collection of letters. By the Right Honorable Antony Earl of Shaftesbury. ...

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printed [ by J.J. Tourneisen] for J.J. Tourneisen; and J.L. Legrand, 1790 - Philosophy
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Page 132 - To philosophize, in a just signification, is but to carry good breeding a step higher. For the accomplishment of breeding is to learn whatever is decent in company or beautiful in arts, and the sum of philosophy is to learn what is just in society and beautiful in nature and the order of the world.
Page 134 - ... the general idea which is formed of all this management and the clear notion we attain of what is preferable and principal in all these subjects of choice and estimation will not, as I imagine, by any person be taken for innate.
Page 94 - Mufic, but even Play and Dance, were of holy appointment, and divine right. The firft monarch of this nation, though of a melancholy complexion...
Page 100 - For to me it plainly appears, that in the early times of all religions, when nations were yet barbarous and savage, there was ever an aptness or tendency towards the dark part of superstition, which among many other horrors produced that of human sacrifice.
Page 165 - It sees its hindrances and obstructions and finds they are wholly from itself and from opinions wrong conceived. The more it conquers in this respect (be it in the least particular), the more it is its own master, feels its own natural liberty and congratulates with itself on its own advancement and prosperity.
Page 263 - In effect, we see the reverend doctor's treatises standing, as it were, in the front of this order of authors, and as the foremost of those good books used by the politest and most refined devotees of either sex. They maintain the principal place in the study of almost every elegant and high divine. They stand in folios and other volumes, adorned with variety of pictures, gildings, and other decorations, on the advanced...
Page 139 - ... to find that after all the world too knows better, and that their few friends and admirers have either a very shallow wit or a very profound hypocrisy.
Page 282 - fame as of the Members in a natural " Body." So that one may fay of a Picture compos'd of any number of Figures •differently rang'd, and without any regard to this Correfpondency or Union...
Page 147 - Thus beauty and truth are plainly joined with the notion of utility and convenience, even in the apprehension of every ingenious artist, the architect, the statuary, or the painter.
Page 198 - FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word...

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