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Page cix - For my part, when I enter most intimately into what I call myself, I always stumble on some particular perception or other, of heat or cold, light or shade, love or hatred, pain or pleasure. I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can observe anything but the perception.
Page cix - The mind is a kind of theatre, where several perceptions successively make their appearance ; pass, repass, glide away, and mingle in an infinite variety of postures and situations.
Page 16 - When we see a stroke aimed and just ready to fall upon the leg or arm of another person, we naturally shrink and draw back our own leg or our own arm...
Page clxii - E'en time itself despairs to cure Those pangs to every feeling due : Ungenerous youth ! thy boast how poor, To win a heart, and break it too ! No cold approach, no alter'd mien, Just what would make suspicion start ; No pause the dire extremes between — He made me blest, and broke my heart : * From hope, the wretched's anchor, torn, Neglected and neglecting all ; Friendless, forsaken, and forlorn, The tears I shed must ever fall.
Page 273 - There is no question of importance, whose decision is not comprised in the science of man; and there is none, which can be decided with any certainty, before we become acquainted with that science. In pretending, therefore, to explain the principles of human nature, we in effect propose a complete system of the sciences, built on a foundation almost entirely new, and the only one upon which they can stand with any security.
Page cviii - It must be some one impression, that gives rise to every real idea. But self or person is not any one impression, but that to which our several impressions and ideas are suppos'd to have a reference. If any impression gives rise to the idea of self, that impression must continue invariably the same, thro' the whole course of our lives; since self is suppos'd to exist after that manner.
Page 254 - By Dr Blair's means, I have been favoured with the " perusal of your performance, which I have read with great " pleasure and attention. It is certainly very rare...
Page cx - ... human nature,) if no impression were ever to be made on our external senses. The moment that, in consequence of such an impression, a sensation is excited, we learn two facts at once ; — the existence of the sensation, and our own existence as sentient beings ; — in other words, the very first exercise of consciousness necessarily implies a belief, not only of the present existence of what is felt, but of the present existence of that which feels...
Page cix - I can allow him is, that he may be in the right as well as 1$ and that we are essentially different in this particular. He may, perhaps, perceive something simple and continued, which he calls himself; though I am certain there is no such principle in me.