The Constitution of Man Considered in Relation to External Objects

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Marsh, Capen & Lyon, 1841 - Human beings - 111 pages

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Page 4 - And the conclusion is, that to allow no more to this superior principle or part of our nature, than to other parts; to let it govern and guide only occasionally in common with the rest, as its turn happens to come, from the temper and circumstances one happens to be in; this is not to act conformably to the constitution of man: neither can any human creature be said to act conformably to his constitution of nature, unless he allows to that superior principle the absolute authority which is due to...
Page 35 - Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden, meeting by chance or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness before had concealed: they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty.
Page 76 - As yet, the oldest sailors had not perceived even a threatening in the sky, and were surprised at the extent and hurry of the preparations: but the required measures were not completed, when a more awful hurricane burst upon them than the most experienced had ever braved.
Page 93 - ... of vegetables and animals ; that air is essential to the life of certain animals ; that in certain cases water suffocates and kills them ; that certain juices of plants and certain minerals attack their organs and destroy their life ; and the same of a variety of facts. Now, since these facts, and many similar ones, are constant, regular, and...
Page 3 - ... the relations which the several appetites and passions in the inward frame have to each other, and, above all, the supremacy of reflection or conscience, that we get the idea of the system or constitution of human nature. And from the idea itself it will as fully appear, that this our nature, ie constitution, is adapted to virtue, as from the idea of a watch it appears, that its nature, ie constitution or system, is adapted to measure time.
Page 20 - But, though unable to scan all the cycles either of the moral or natural economy, yet may we recognise such influences at work, as when multiplied and developed to the uttermost, are abundantly capable of regenerating the world. One of the likeliest of these influences is the power of education — to the perfecting of which so many minds are earnestly directed at this moment : and for the general acceptance of which in society, we have a guarantee, in the strongest affections and fondest wishes...
Page 35 - ... of desire, without judgment, without foresight, without inquiry after conformity of opinions, similarity of manners, rectitude of judgment, or purity of sentiment ? " Such is the common process of marriage.
Page 88 - The objection would have weight if our religious addresses were designed to work any alteration on God, either by giving him information of what he did not know, or by exciting affections which he did not possess, or by inducing him to change measures which he had previously formed. But they are only crude and imperfect notions of religion which can suggest such ideas. The change which our devotions are intended to make is upon ourselves, not upon the Almighty.

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