Notes on Noses

Front Cover
Richard Bentley, 1852 - Nose - 153 pages
3 Reviews

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Quite funny a gives a good insight in a kind of pseudoscience that can affect cultures for many years.

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

It's an interesting look at noses... though about as scientific as palm reading. For modern readers, the constant assertions of the racial superiority of people who possess certain types of noses will most likely become very tiring. It's presented as a fact that snub noses are more prevalent in "uncivilized" parts of the world, and therefore undesirable; it goes on for a hundred pages basically stating that "our noses are better than theirs". This is one of those books that is less useful as a resource on the topic it's about - noses - and more useful as an example of the lengths to which the ethnocentric "intellectuals" of the past were willing to go to justify their racism.
Well, I also gotta give it props for being unintentionally hilarious at some points! If you can stomach a lot of Victorian-era BS, read it for the lulz.



Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 87 - Truth, which only doth judge itself, teacheth that the inquiry of Truth, which is the love-making or wooing of it; the knowledge of Truth, which is the presence of it; and the belief of Truth, which is the enjoying of it—is the sovereign good of human nature. The
Page 87 - so always that this prospect be with pity, and not with swelling or pride. Certainly it is heaven upon earth to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of Truth.
Page 87 - The end of our foundation is the knowledge of causes, and secret motions of things, and the enlarging the bounds of human empire to the effecting of all things possible."*
Page 87 - The poet saith excellently well: ' It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tossed upon the sea; a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below; but no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of Truth, and to see the errors and wanderings, and
Page 48 - he half knew everything, ' from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon, even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall,
Page 114 - Oh many are the Poets that are sown By Nature; men endowed with highest gifts, The vision and the faculty divine, Yet wanting the accomplishment of verse.
Page 85 - we should say that the aim of the Platonic philosophy was to exalt man into a god. The aim of the Baconian philosophy, was to provide man with •what he requires, while he continues to be man,
Page 79 - to show us how to avoid attempting impossibilities, to secure us from important mistakes, in attempting what is in itself possible by means either inadequate or actually opposed to the end in view; to enable us to accomplish our ends in the easiest, shortest
Page 27 - of their most valuable ornaments. The trophies of memorable wars, the objects of religious veneration, the most finished statues of the gods and heroes, of the sages and poets of ancient times, contributed to the splendid triumph of Constantinople.* The

Bibliographic information