Memoirs of the Life, Writings, & Correspondence of William Smellie, Late Printer in Edinburgh, Secretary and Superintendent of Natural History to the Society of Scotish Antiquaries, Volume 1

J. Anderson, 1811

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Página 386 - A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature ; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined.
Página 359 - There is a tide in the affairs of man, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune : Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Página 460 - But ye are departed out of the way ; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
Página 381 - I think, the reason is easy to be assigned : for there is a peculiar string in the harmony of human understanding, which, in several individuals, is exactly of the same tuning. This, if you can dexterously screw up to its right key, and then strike gently upon it, whenever you have the good fortune to light among those of the same pitch, they will, by a secret necessary sympathy, strike exactly at the same time.
Página 306 - A creative imagination disdains the mean offices of digging for a foundation, of removing rubbish, and carrying materials; leaving these servile employments to the drudges in science, it plans a design, and raises a fabric. Invention supplies materials where they are wanting, and fancy adds colouring and every befitting ornament. The work pleases the eye, and wants nothing but solidity and a good foundation. It seems even to vie with the works of nature, till some succeeding architect blows it into...
Página 381 - Now, I would gladly be informed, how it is possible to account for such imaginations as these in particular men, without recourse to my phenomenon of vapours, ascending from the lower faculties to overshadow the brain, and there distilling into conceptions, for which the narrowness of our mother-tongue has not yet assigned any other name besides that of madness or phrenzy.
Página 354 - such are the wonderful discoveries in science, that I should not be surprised if at some future time we might be able to carry the manure of an acre of land to the field in our coat pocket...
Página 380 - Cartes, and others j who, if they were now in the world, tied fast, and separate from their followers, would, in this our undistinguishing age, incur manifest danger of phlebotomy, and whips, and chains, and dark chambers, and straw.
Página 29 - was purposely published for the prize offered by the University of Edinburgh, and obtained it. It is an immaculate edition, unknown to the Bipont editors.

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