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Man-living, feeling man-is the easy sport of the overmastering present.
A man's disposition is never well known till he be crossed.
Advancement of Learning, Bk. II.
A man in old age is like a sword in a shop window. Men that look upon the perfect blade do not imagine the process by which it was completed. Man is a sword, daily life is the workshop, and God is the artificer; and those cares which beat upon the anvil, and file the edge, and eat in, acid-like, the inscription upon his hilt,— these are the very things that fashion the man. -Beecher.
No man's knowledge, here, can go beyond his experience. -Locke. Essay on the Human Understanding, Bk. II., Ch. I., & 19.
Man is the metre of all things, the hand is the instrument of instruments, and the mind is the form of forms.
Men are but children of a larger groweth; our appetites are apt to change as theirs, and full as craving too, and full as vain.
(Through the wide world) he only is alone Who lives not for another. Come what will, The generous man has his companion still. Rogers. Human Life.
A wise man is never less alone than when he is alone.
-Swift. Essay on the Faculties of the Mind.
A proud man is always hard to be pleased, because he hath too great expectations from others.
He only is a great man who can neglect the applause of the multitude, and enjoy himself independent of its favor.
-Sir R. Steele, Spectator, No. 554.
Whenever I contemplate man in the actual world, or the ideal, I am lost amidst the infinite multiformity of his life, but always end in wonder at the essential unity of his nature.
Reason-a god, upon the throne of Mind
Vouchsafes attention to the lightest thought.
But, disobey the promptings he may give,
Conscience, good my lord,
-J. C. H.
-Coleridge. Zapolya, Sc. I.
Reason saw not, till Faith sprung the light. -Dryden. Religio Laici, line 69.
Reason sets limits to the longest grief.
Reason, the power
To guess at right and wrong, the twinkling lamp
Of wandering life, that winks and wakes by
Fooling the follower, betwixt shade and shining. -Congreve. The Mourning Bride (Osmyn), Act III., Sc. I.
One can never repeat too often, that reason, as it exists in man, is only our intellectual eye, and that, like the eye, to see, it needs light,—to see clearly and far, it needs the light of Heaven.
Reason to rule, but mercy to forgive;
He that will not reason is a bigot, he that cannot reason is a fool, and he that dares not reason is a slave.
-Sir W. Drummond.
Give currency to reason, improve the moral code of society, and the theory of one generation will be the practice of the next.
—T. L. Peacock. Melincourt (Mr. Forester), Ch. XXI.
When a man has not a good reason for doing a thing, he has one good reason for letting it alone.
Laughter is my object; 'tis a property In man essential to his reason.
-Randolph. The Muses' Looking Glass (Comedy), Act I., Sc. IV.
Reason is the glory of human nature, and one of the chief eminences whereby we are raised above the beasts, in this lower world.
Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
-Pope. Essay on Man, Ep. IV., line
Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; and beasts, by nature. -Cicero.
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.
O reason! when will thy long minority expire ?
Philosophers have done wisely when they have told us to cultivate our reason rather than our feelings, for reason reconciles us to the daily things of existence; our feelings teach us to yearn after the far, the difficult, the unseen. -Bulwer Lytton.
What can we reason, but from what we know?
Every sect, as far as reason will help them, gladly use it; when it fails them, they cry out it is a matter of faith, and above reason.