An inquiry into the human mind, on the principles of common sense. With an account of the life and writings of the author

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Page 102 - I have here supposed that my reader is acquainted with that great modern discovery, which is at present universally acknowledged -by all the inquirers into natural philosophy : namely, that light and colours, as apprehended by the imagination, are only ideas in the mind, and not qualities that have any existence in manner. As this is a truth which has been proved incontestably by many modern philosophers, and is, indeed, one of the finest speculations in that science, if the English reader would...
Page xviii - An Essay on Quantity, occasioned by reading a Treatise, in which Simple and Compound Ratios are applied to Virtue and Merit...
Page 3 - ... [All that we know of the body, is owing to anatomical dissection and observation, and it must be by an anatomy of the mind that we can discover its powers and principles.] II.
Page 17 - A traveller of good judgment may mistake his way, and be unawares led into a wrong track; and while the road is fair before him, he may go on without suspicion and be followed by others; but, when it ends in a coal-pit, it requires no great judgment to know that he hath gone wrong, nor perhaps to find out what misled him.
Page 77 - ... reason to it as well as we can ; for if Reason should stomach and fret ever 'so much at this yoke, she cannot throw it off ; if she will not be the servant of Common Sense, she must be her slave.
Page 237 - Another original principle implanted in us by the Supreme Being, is a disposition to confide in the veracity of others, and to believe what they tell us.
Page 65 - A second class is that wherein the connection between the sign and thing signified, is not only established by nature, but discovered to us by a natural principle, without reasoning or experience.
Page 237 - If it was not so, no proposition that is uttered in discourse would be believed, until it was examined and tried by reason ; and most men would be unable to find reasons for believing the thousandth part of what is told them.
Page 66 - A third class of natural signs comprehends those which, though we never before had any notion or conception of the things signified, do suggest it, or conjure it up, as it were, by a natural kind of magic, and at once give us a conception, and create a belief of it.
Page xxix - Kames, he lived in the most cordial and affectionate friendship, notwithstanding the avowed opposition of their sentiments on some moral questions, to which he attached the greatest importance. Both of them, however, were the friends of virtue and of mankind ; and both were able to temper the warmth of free discussion with the forbearance and good humour founded on reciprocal esteem. No two men...

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