The Library of the Old English Prose Writers Volume 3; Works of Sir Thomas Browne

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 Excerpt: ...of my spirit unto such an opinion of myself as I behold in nimbler and concerted heads, that never looked a degree beyond their nests. I know the names, and somewhat more, of all the constellations in my horizon; yet I have seen a prating mariner, that could only name the Pointers and the north star, ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 Excerpt: ...of my spirit unto such an opinion of myself as I behold in nimbler and concerted heads, that never looked a degree beyond their nests. I know the names, and somewhat more, of all the constellations in my horizon; yet I have seen a prating mariner, that could only name the Pointers and the north star, out-talk me, and conceit himself a whole sphere above me. I know most of the plants of my country and of those about me; yet methinks I do not know so many as when I did but know a hundred, and had scarcely ever simpled further than Cheapside. For indeed heads of capacity, and such as are not full with a handful or easy measure of knowledge, think they know nothing till they know all; which being impossible, they fall upon the opinion of Socrates, and only know they know not any thing. I cannot think that Homer pined away upon the riddle of the fishermen, or that Aristotle, who under The history out of Plutarch is thus. Homer, sailing from Thebes to the island Ion, being landed and set down upon the shore, there happened certain fishermen to pass by him, and he asking them what they had taken, they made him this enigmatical answer; that what they had taken they had left behind them, and what they had not taken they had with them; meaning, that, because they could take no fish, they went to louse themselves, and that all which they had taken they had killed and left behind them, and all which they had not stood the uncertainty of knowledge, and confessed so often. the reason of man too weak for the works of nature, did ever drown himself upon the flux and reflux of Euripus. We do but learn to-day what our better advanced judgments will unteach to-morrow; and Aristotle doth but instruct us as Plato did him; that is, to confute himself. I have run through all sort...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150685422
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 68
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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