To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible, if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish, if it were possible. Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over... The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. - Page 366by James Boswell - 1922Full view
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Royal Australian Historical Society - Australia - 1925 - 452 pages
...out of date — so that all men should hear, and, let us hope, ponder on the good doctor's words: — To abstract the mind from all local emotion would...in the dignity of thinking beings. Far from me, and far from my friends be such frigid philosophy as may conduct us indifferent and unmoved over any ground...