An Ethical Treatise on the Passions, Founded on the Principles Investigated in the Philosophical Treatise

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Hazard, 1807 - 495 sivua
 

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Sivu 456 - It being that term which, I think, serves best to stand for whatsoever is the object of the understanding when a man thinks: I have used it to express whatever is meant by phantasm, notion, species, or whatever it is which the mind can be employed about in thinking; and I could not avoid frequently using it.
Sivu 491 - Where am I, or what? From what causes do I derive my existence, and to what condition shall I return? Whose favour shall I court, and whose anger must I dread? What beings surround me? and on whom have I any influence, or who have any influence on me? I am confounded with all these questions, and begin to fancy myself in the most deplorable condition imaginable, environed with the deepest darkness, and utterly deprived of the use of every member and faculty.
Sivu 490 - I am affrighted and confounded with that forlorn solitude in which I am placed by my philosophy. When I look abroad, I foresee, on every side, dispute, contradiction, and distraction. When I turn my eye inward, I find nothing but doubt and ignorance. Where am I, or what ? From what causes do I derive my existence, and to what condition shall I return ? I am confounded with these questions, and begin to fancy myself in the most deplorable condition imaginable, environed with the deepest darkness...
Sivu 462 - ... the idea of sound! A sufficient impulse there may be on the organ; but it not reaching the observation of the mind, there follows no perception: and though the motion that uses to produce the idea of sound be made in the ear, yet no sound is heard.
Sivu 467 - BY Conception, I mean that power of the mind, which enables it to form a notion of an absent object of perception, or of a sensation which it has formerly felt.
Sivu 461 - Perception, as it is the first faculty of the mind, exercised about our ideas ; so it is the first and simplest idea we have from reflection, and is by some called thinking in general.
Sivu iii - If a discourse on the use of the parts of the body may be considered as an hymn to the Creator ; the use of the passions, which are the organs of the mind, cannot be barren of praise to him, nor unproductive to ourselves of that noble and uncommon union of...
Sivu 15 - Well being and happiness are not an inheritance of which: we take possession from the hour of our birth, and which we are destined to enjoy at our ease ; they are to be searched after with unwearied assiduity. We enter into life destitute of everything hut simple existence. All that we...
Sivu 461 - in general. Though thinking, in the propriety of the English tongue, signifies that sort of operation...
Sivu 212 - ... become morally good, and serve many excellent purposes ; but when they are misplaced and extravagant, when they command us and are our masters, they then become morally evil, and the most troublesome things in the world both to ourselves and others.

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