The Jewish Spy: Being a Philosophical, Historical, and Critical Correspondence by Letters, which Lately Passed Between Certain Jews in Turkey, Italy, France, Etc, Volume 4

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Earlier 3rd edition published in Dublin in 1753.

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Page 154 - Think not, when woman's transient breath is fled, That all her vanities at once are dead; Succeeding vanities she still regards, And though she plays no more, o'erlooks the cards. Her joy in gilded chariots, when alive, And love of ombre, after death survive.
Page 266 - We have the ideas of matter and thinking, but possibly shall never be able to know whether any mere material being thinks or no;* it being impossible for us, by the contemplation of our own ideas, without revelation, to discover whether Omnipotency has not given to some systems of matter fitly disposed, a power to perceive and think, or else joined and fixed to matter so disposed a thinking immaterial substance...
Page 154 - Soft yielding minds to water glide away, And sip, with nymphs, their elemental tea. The graver prude sinks downward to a gnome, In search of mischief still on earth to roam. The light coquettes in sylphs aloft repair, And sport and flutter in the fields of air.
Page 267 - ... reason, go beyond our ideas, and attribute it wholly to the good pleasure of our Maker. For since we must allow he has annexed effects to motion, which we can no way conceive motion able to produce, what reason have we to conclude, that he could not order them as well to be produced in a subject we cannot conceive capable of them, as well as in a subject we cannot conceive the motion of matter can any way operate upon...
Page 261 - To think often, and never to retain it so much as one moment, is a very useless sort of thinking; and the soul, in such a state of thinking, does very little, if at all, excel that of a looking-glass, which constantly receives variety of images, or ideas, but retains none; they disappear and vanish, and there remain no footsteps of them; the looking-glass is never the better for such ideas, nor the soul for such thoughts.
Page 260 - That the soul in a sleeping man should be this moment busy a thinking, and the next moment in a waking man not remember nor be able to recollect one jot of all those thoughts, is very hard to be conceived, and would need some better proof than bare assertion to make it be believed.
Page i - The Jewish Spy: Being a Philosophical, Historical, and critical correspondence by Letters which lately pass'd between certain JEWS in Turkey, Italy, France, &c. Translated from the Originals into French, By the Marquis D' Argens; and now done into English.
Page 268 - ... and fpontaneous motion, and thofe other properties that are to be found in an elephant. Hitherto it is not doubted but the power of God may go, and that the properties of a rofe, a peach, or an, elephant, fuperadded to matter, change not the properties of matter ; but matter is in thefe things matter ftill.
Page 56 - According as they have been more or lefs cultivated in their youth. When they have been taught early to render themfelves fociable, to bend their tempers, and to accommodate their wills to thofe of others, it grows into a cuftom, and they become infenfibly complaifant, without thinking of being fo. In fhort, habit is to them a fecond nature.

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