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SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON (3)
Scottish author
(1788 - 1856)

A judgment is the mental act by which one thing is affirmed or denied of another.
      - [Judgment]

An instinct is an agent which performs blindly and ignorantly a work of intelligence and knowledge.
      - [Instinct]

In our natural body every part has a necessary sympathy with every other; and all together form, by their harmonious conspiration, a healthy whole.
      - [Health]

Logic is the science of the laws of thought, as thought,--that is of the necessary conditions to which thought considered in itself is a subject.
      - [Logic]

Man is not an organism; he is an intelligence served by organs.
      - [Man]

Metaphysics, in whatever latitude the term be taken, is a science, or complement of sciences, exclusively occupied with mind.
      - [Metaphysics]

Read much, but not many works.
      - [Reading]

There are two sorts of ignorance: we philosophize to escape ignorance; we start from the one, we repose in the other; they are the goals from which and to which we tend; and the pursuit of knowledge is but a course between two ignorances, as human life is only a traveling from grave to grave.
      - [Ignorance]

There is a distinction, but no opposition, between theory and practice. Each to a certain extent supposes the other. Theory is dependent on practice; practice must have preceded theory.
      - [Practice]

Truth like a torch, the more 'tis shock, it shines.
      - Discussions on Philosophy (title page)
        [Truth]

Be sober, and to doubt prepense,
  These are the sinews of good sense.
      - Notes on Reid [Sense]


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