This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index.
Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book
(without typos) from the publisher. 1761. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... DEGREES . .. N 36. Saturday, December 23. *ipHE great
differences that disturb the peace of mankind, are not about ends
but means. We have all the fame general desires, but how those
desires shall be accomplished will for ever be disputed. The
ultimate purpose of government is temporal, and that of religion is
eternal happiness. Hitherto we agree; but here we must part, to
try, acctjrding to the endless varieties of pafllon and
understanding combined with one another, every possible form of
Government, and every imaginable tenet of Religion. We are told by
Cumberland, thatRefiiiud*t applied to action or contemplation, is
merely metaphorical; and that as a right line describes the
shortest passage from point to point, fo a right action effects a
good design by the fewest means; and so likewise a right opinioi is
that which. connects distant truths by the siiorteft train. of
intermediate propositions. To find the nearest way from truth to
truth, or from purpose to effect, not to use more instruments where
fewer will be fufficir ent, not to move by wheels and levers what
will give way to the naked hand, ' is the great proof of a
healthful and vigorous mind, neither feeble with helpless
ignorance, nor overburdened with unweildy knowledge. But there are
men who seem to think nothing so much the characteristick of a
genius, as to do common things in an uncommon manner; like Hudibras
to tell the Clock by Algebra, or like the Lady in Dr. Young]s
Satires, to drink Tea by Jlratagem. To quit the beaten track only
because it is known, and take a new path, however crooked or rough,
because the strait was found out before. Every man speaks and
writes with intent to be understood, and it can seldom happen but
he that understands himself might convey his notions to another,
General Books LLC
|Country of origin:
||246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!