Letters to Serena

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B. Lintot, 1704 - Rationalism - 239 pages
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Page 208 - The idea of solidity we receive by our touch ; and it arises from the resistance which we find in body to the entrance of any other body into the place it possesses, till it has left it.
Page 53 - ... as vegetables and animals become part of us, we become part of them, and both become parts of a thousand other things in the universe, earth turning into water, water into air, etc., and so back again in mixtures without end or number.
Page 162 - ... an adequate parallel) all the particular or local motions of matter are but the several determinations of its general action, directing it this or that way, by these or those causes, in this or that manner, without giving it any augmentation or diminution
Page 175 - No Parts of Matter are ty'd to any one Figure or Form, losing and changing their Figures and Forms continually, that is, being in perpetual Motion, dipt, or worn, or ground to pieces, or disolv'd by other Parts, acquiring their Figures, and these theirs, and so on incessantly; Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, Iron, Wood, and Marble, Plants and Animals, being...
Page 3 - This iliows how early thofe about him begin to infect him (if they could) with their own Miftakes, and how induftrioufly every one with whom he has afterwards to do, endeavours to deprave his...
Page 65 - ... in Chaldaea or any other place. 2. The most antient Egyptians, Persians, and Romans, the first Patriarchs of the Hebrews, with several other Nations and Sects, had no sacred Images or Statues, no peculiar Places or costly Fashions of Worship; the plain Easiness of their Religion being most agreeable to the Simplicity of the Divine Nature, as indifference of Place or Time were the best Expressions of infinite Power and Omnipresence. But tho God did thus make Men upright, yet they found out (says...
Page 174 - Aether, and so back again in Mixtures without End or Number. The Animals we destroy contribute to preserve us, till we are destroy'd to preserve other things, and become Grass, or Plants, or Water, or Air, or something else that helps to make other Animals, and they one another, or other Men; and these again turn into Stone, or Wood, or Mettals, or Minerals, or Animals again, or become Parts of all...
Page 4 - d to Nurses, ignorant Women of the meanest Vulgar, who infuse into us their Errors with their Milk, frightning us into quiet with the menaces of Rawhead and Bloody-bones, Bugglebows and Bullbeggars. And lest we shou'd be lost by wandring abroad, or drop into Wells or Rivers, they terrify us with storys of Spirits and Hobgoblins, making us believe that all lonesome places are haunted, and that the invisible Powers are principally active and mischievous in the nighttime. . . . From our Nurses we are...
Page 145 - Matter • that is to fay, as infeparable from its Nature as Impenetrability or Extenfion, and that it ought to make a Part of its Definition. And (Tag. 161.) My only Bufmefs is to prove Matter neceffarily aftive, as well as extended. An'd, to quote no more, he tells its TPag.
Page 14 - Employment, fm'd, or excommunicat'd, according as his Church has more or less Power; yet the least he may expect, is to be abhorr'd and shun'd by the other Members of...

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