Treatise on the Influence of Climate on the Human Species: And on the Varieties of Men Resulting from It; Including an Account of the Criteria of Intelligence which the Form of the Head Presents; and a Sketch of a Rational System of Physiognomy as Founded on Physiology

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, and for John Anderson, Edinburgh, 1812 - 91 ページ
 

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32 ページ - Tis liberty alone that gives the flower Of fleeting life its lustre and perfume, And we are weeds without it. All constraint, Except what wisdom lays on evil men, Is evil ; hurts the faculties, impedes Their progress in the road of science ; blinds The eyesight of discovery, and begets In those that suffer it a sordid mind Bestial, a meagre intellect, unfit To be the tenant of man's noble form.
5 ページ - O gentle Sleep, Nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee, That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down. And steep my senses in forgetfulness...
40 ページ - Let me not stir, nor breathe, lest I dissolve That tender, lovely form of painted air, So like Almeria. Ha ! it sinks, it falls ; I'll catch it ere it goes, and grasp her shade. 'Tis life ! 'tis warm ! 'tis she! 'tis she herself!
34 ページ - The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils ; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus : Let no such man be trusted.
42 ページ - twas wild. But thou, O Hope, with eyes so fair, What was thy delighted measure ? Still it whisper'd promis'd pleasure, And bade the lovely scenes at distance hail ! Still would her touch the strain prolong; And from the rocks, the woods, the vale, She...
38 ページ - It is sufficient for my purpose, if I have made it appear that, in the production and conduct of the passions, there is a certain regular mechanism, which is susceptible of as accurate a disquisition, as the laws of motion, optics, hydrostatics, or any part of natural philosophy.
38 ページ - But, whether thro' your gloomy depths I wander, Or on your mountains walk ; give me the calm, The steady, smiling soul ; where wisdom sheds Eternal sunshine and eternal peace. Then, if Misfortune comes, she brings along The bravest virtues. And so many great Illustrious spirits have conversed with woe, Have in her school been taught, as are enough To consecrate distress, and make Ambition Even wish the frown beyond the smile of Fortune.
56 ページ - Begin with gentle toils; and as your nerves Grow firm, to hardier by just steps aspire ; The prudent, even in every moderate walk, At first but saunter, and by slow degrees Increase their pace.
14 ページ - ... great instrument by which man becomes beneficial to man: and it is to the intercourse and transmission of thought, by means of speech, that we are chiefly indebted for the improvement of thought itself. Small are the advances which a single unassisted individual can make towards perfecting any of his powers. What we call human reason, is not the effort or ability of one, so much as it is the result of the reason of many, arising from lights mutually communicated, in consequence of discourse and...
12 ページ - In tracing the globe," says Smith, "from the pole to the equator, we observe a gradation in the complexion nearly in proportion to the latitude of the country.

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