An historical disquisition concerning the knowledge which the ancients had of India: and the progress of trade with that country prior to the discovery of the passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope : with an appendix, containing observations on the civil policy, the laws and judicial proceedings, the arts, the sciences, and religious institutions, of the Indians

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T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies, 1804 - 369 pages
 

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Page 406 - THE ANCIENTS HAD OF INDIA ; and the Progress of Trade with that Country prior to the Discovery of the Passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope. With an Appendix, containing Observations on the Civil Policy, the Laws and Judicial Proceedings, the Arts, the Sciences, and Religious Institutions of the Indians.
Page 240 - Sanskreet, and the women Pracrit, which is little more than the language of the Brahmins, melted down by a delicate articulation to the softness of Italian ; while the low persons of the drama speak the vulgar dialects of the several provinces which they are supposed to inhabit .
Page 233 - I want not dominion ; I want not pleasure ; for what is dominion, and the enjoyments of life, or even life itself, when those for whom dominion, pleasure, and enjoyment were to be coveted, have abandoned life and fortune, and stand here in the field ready for the battle...
Page 233 - Tutors, sons, and fathers, grandsires, and grandsons, uncles, nephews, cousins, kindred, and friends ! Although they would kill me, I wish not to fight them; no not even for the dominion of the three regions of the universe, much less for this little earth z.
Page 242 - ... others which are new. The weapon divideth it not, the fire burneth it not, the water corrupteth it not, the wind drieth it not away; for it is indivisible, inconsumable, incorruptible, and is not to be dried away: it is eternal, universal, permanent, immovable; it is invisible, inconceivable, and unalterable; therefore, believing it to be thus, thou shouldst not grieve.
Page 246 - Let the motive be in the deed, and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward. Let not thy life be spent in inaction.
Page 199 - The station of every individual is unalterably fixed; his destiny is irrevocable; and the walk of life is marked out, from which he must never deviate.
Page 371 - Distinctions of colour* are of his ordination. It is he who gives existence. In your temples, to his Name, the voice is raised in prayer ; in a house of images, where the bell is shaken, still He is the object of adoration.
Page 221 - THESE stupendous works are of such high antiquity, that as the natives cannot, either from history or tradition, give any information concerning the time in which they were executed, they universally ascribe the formation of them to the power of superior beings. From the extent and...
Page 50 - But it is a cruel mortification, in searching for what is instructive in the history of past times, to find that the exploits of conquerors who have desolated the earth, and the freaks of tyrants who have rendered nations unhappy, are recorded with minute and often disgusting accuracy, while the discovery of useful arts, and the progress of the most beneficial branches of commerce, are passed over in silence, and suffered to sink into oblivion.

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