Essays on the Active Powers of Man: By Thomas Reid, ...

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John Bell, and G. G. J. & J. Robinson, London, 1788 - Free will and determinism - 493 pages
 

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Page 103 - By instinct, I mean a natural blind impulse to certain actions, without having any end in view, without deliberation, and very often without any conception of what we do.
Page 489 - Ask a man why he uses exercise ; he will answer, because he desires to keep his health. If you then enquire, why he desires health, he will readily reply, because sickness is painful. If you push your enquiries farther, and desire a reason why he hates pain, it is impossible he can ever give any.
Page 60 - Volition, it is plain, is an act of the mind knowingly exerting that dominion it takes itself to have over any part of the man, by employing it in, or withholding it from, any particular action.
Page 186 - Here grows the Cure of all, this Fruit Divine, Fair to the Eye, inviting to the Taste, Of virtue to make wise: what hinders then To reach, and feed at once both Body and Mind...
Page 108 - They work most geometrically, without any knowledge of geometry ; somewhat like a child, who, by turning the handle of an organ, makes good music, without any knowledge of music. The art is not in the child, but in him who made the organ. In like manner, when a bee makes its comb so geometrically, the geometry is not in the bee. but in that great Geometrician who made the bee, and made all things in number, weight, and measure.
Page 457 - In short, it may be established as an undoubted maxim that no action can be virtuous, or morally good, unless there be in human nature some motive to produce it, distinct from the sense of its morality.
Page 417 - That honesty is the best policy, may be a good general rule, but is liable to many exceptions; and he, it may perhaps be thought, conducts himself with most wisdom, who observes the general rule, and takes advantage of all the exceptions.
Page 364 - Repent, and turn your" felves from all your tranfgreffions, fo iniqui" ty fhall not be your ruin. Caft away from " you all your tranfgreffions, whereby ye have " tranfgrefled; and make you a new heart and " a new fpirit, for why will ye die, O houfe " of Ifrael ? For I have no pleafure in the
Page 403 - For, if it be not a benevolent action in itself, your belief of its tendency cannot change its nature. It is absurd, that your erroneous belief should make the action to be what you believe it to be. Nothing is more evident, than that a man who tells the truth, believing it to be a lie, is guilty of falsehood ; but the metaphysician would make this to be absurd.
Page 80 - Isaac, with equal modesty and shrewdness, himself admitted. To one who complimented him on his genius, he replied that if he had made any discoveries, it was owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.

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