Reflections Upon Ancient and Modern Learning

J. Leake, 1694 - 359页

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第100页 - They were commonly excellent poets, and great physicians : they were so learned in natural philosophy, that they foretold not only eclipses in the heavens, but earthquakes at land, and storms at sea, great droughts, and great plagues, much plenty, or much scarcity of certain sorts of fruits or grain ; not to mention the magical powers attributed to several of them, to allay storms, to raise gales, to appease commotions of people, to make plagues cease...
第58页 - Lilly's Grammar was his Pattern: and for want of Reflecting upon the Grounds of a Language which he understood as well as any Man of his Age, he drew it by Violence to a dead Language that was of a quite different Make; and so left his Work imperfect.
第306页 - ... who came soon after, did not perfectly tread in his Steps, since he was for doing most of his Work in his Closet, concluding too soon, before he had made Experiments enough; but then to a vast Genius he joined exquisite Skill in Geometry, and working upon intelligible Principles in an...
第58页 - For, in the first place, it ought to be considered, that every Tongue has its own peculiar Form, as well as its proper Words; not communicable to, nor to be regulated by the Analogy of another Language: Wherefore he is the best Grammarian, who is the perfectest Master of the Analogy of the Language which he is about; and gives the truest Rules, by which another Man may learn it. Next, To apply this to our own Tongue, it may be certainly...
第348页 - Swarms of Great men in every part of Natural and Mathematical Knowledge have within these few Years appeared, that it may, perhaps, without Vanity, be believed, that if this Humour lasts much longer, and learned men do not divert their Thoughts to Speculations of another Kind, the next Age will not find very much Work of this kind to do.42 Here Wotton is optimistic for such a 'completion' of all learning: to contain the world's knowledge in print, in books.
第357页 - Stubbe, who endeavoured to have it thought that studying of natural philosophy and mathematics was a ready method to introduce scepticism at least, if not atheism, into the world: yet the sly insinuations of the men of wit, that no great things have ever, or are ever like to be performed by the men of Gresham, and that every man whom they call a virtuoso, must needs be a Sir Nicholas...
第350页 - Latin added to their charrns; and Plato and Aristotle untranslated, were frequent ornaments of their closets. One would think by the effects, that it was a proper way of educating them, since there are no accounts in history of so many great women in any one age, as are to be found between the years 15 and 1600.
第270页 - Knowledge; for there are numerous instances of learned men, who, finding other parts of natural learning taken up by men who in all probability would leave little for after-comers, have, rather than not contribute their proportion towards the advancement of Knowledge, spent a world of time, pains and cost in examining the excrescences of all the parts of trees, shrubs and herbs; in observing the critical times of the changes of all sorts of caterpillars and maggots...
第306页 - Method of Philosophizing laid down above, is right, so it is easie to prove that it has been carefully followed by Modern Philosophers. My Lord Bacon was the first great Man who took much pains to convince the World that they had hitherto been in a wrong Path, and that Nature her self, rather than her Secretaries, was to be addressed to by those who were desirous to know very much of her Mind.