ESSAY ON MAN'S IDEAS OF POWER

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Page 32 - If any one will examine himself concerning his notion of pure substance in general, he will find that he has no other idea of it all, but only a supposition of he knows not what support of such qualities which are capable of producing simple ideas in us ; which qualities are commonly called accidents
Page 56 - Bodies compounded of them ; even so very hard, as never to wear or break in pieces ; no ordinary Power being able to divide what God himself made one in the first Creation.
Page 114 - The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
Page 32 - ... tortoise, and the tortoise by he knew not what. Thus here, as in all cases where we use words without distinct ideas, we talk like children, who being questioned what such a thing is that they know not, answer, Something. The idea then to which we give the name of substance being but the unknown support of qualities, which we imagine cannot subsist without something to support them, we call that support, substantia, standing under, or...
Page 79 - I say, our specific ideas of substances are nothing else but a collection of a certain number of simple ideas, considered as united in one thing.
Page 63 - This they take for an undoubted truth, which they can demonstrate beyond all exception. Now if it be certain, that those original qualities are inseparably united with the other sensible qualities, and not, even in thought, capable of being abstracted from them, it plainly follows that they exist only in the mind. But I desire...
Page 74 - ... in all our operations, whether agricultural or manufacturing, it is not we who operate, but the laws of nature which we have set in operation. It is, then, of the highest importance that we should know these laws, in order to know what we are about...
Page 27 - ... be no harm in speaking again of the mind of man and the mind of animals as a tabula rasa on which impressions are made which faint, and spontaneously develop into conceptions and general ideas. They might revive the old watchword of Locke's school ' — though it is really much older than Locke4 — 'that there is nothing in the intellect that was not before in the senses...
Page 55 - ... obvious that each of the particles of matter will, by its attraction, collect about it a condensed atmosphere of ether. If the attractions and repulsions be all inversely as the squares of the distances...
Page 61 - I have long held an opinion that the various forms under which the forces of matter are made manifest, have one common origin; are, indeed, so directly related and mutually dependent, that they are convertible, as it were, into one another, and possess equivalents of power in their action.

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