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 2

J. Anderson, 1811

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Página 418 - Now a senator of the College of Justice, by the title of Lord Woodhouselee. 1810.—Now deceased. 1820. " young, she had them much about her, and de" lighted them with her songs, and tales of chival"ry.
Página 276 - From the above facts and reasonings, it seems to be apparent that instincts are original qualities of mind ; that every animal is possessed of some of these qualities ; that the intelligence and resources of animals are proportioned to the number of instincts with which their minds are endowed; that all animals are, in some measure, rational beings; and that the dignity and superiority of the human intellect are necessary results, not of the conformation of our bodies, but of the great variety of...
Página 369 - I cannot, my dearest wife, suffer the 7th of January to pass without renewing to you the pledges of love which I made to you on the 7th of January forty-six years ago. And although I am sensible that in that long period I have done many things that I ought not to have done, and left undone many things that I ought to have done, yet in constant affection to you I have never wavered, never...
Página 250 - He replied, here I stand at what is called the cross of Edinburgh, and can, in a few minutes, take fifty men of genius and learning by the hand.
Página 285 - Professor of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres in the University of Edinburgh, and author of five volumes of eloquent Sermons, which have had a most uncommon but welldeserved celebrity.
Página 420 - Successively Professor of Logic and Moral Philosophy in the University of Glasgow, and afterwards Commissioner of the Customs at Edinburgh ; the illustrious Author of the Wealth of Nations, Theory of Moral Sentiments, and Considerations on the Formation and Genius of Languages.
Página 185 - This phantom of imagination, addressing him in an impressive solemnity of tone, informed him " That he had experienced great difficulties in procuring permission to return to this earth, according to their agreement; that he was now in a much better world than the one he had left ; and yet that the hopes and wishes of its inhabitants were by no means satisfied as, like those of the lower world, they still looked forward in the hope of eventually reaching a still happier state of existence.
Página 11 - ... in every other respect he is very deservedly a favourite of the public. Besides his literary merit, he hath borne his faculties so meekly in every situation, that he is entitled to favour as well as candour. He has never, with pedantic authority, opposed the career of other authors, but on the contrary favoured almost every literary attempt. He has never studied to push himself, immaturely, into the notice of the world, but waited the call of the public for all his productions...
Página 278 - If such a being really existed, his misery would be extreme. With senses more delicate and refined, with perceptions more acute and penetrating; with a taste so exquisite that the objects around him could by no means gratify it; obliged to feed on nourishment too gross for his frame; he must be born only to be miserable, and the continuation of his existence would be utterly impossible. Even in our present condition, the sameness and...
Página 278 - Even in our present condition, the sameness and the insipidity of objects and pursuits, the futility of pleasure, and the infinite sources of excruciating pain, are supported with great difficulty by cultivated and refined minds. Increase our sensibilities, continue the same objects and situation, and no man could bear to live.

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