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The System Of Nature, Volume- 2 (fiscle Part-11)

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The   System Of    Nature, Volume- 2 (fiscle Part-11)

If Man Possessed The Courage, If He Had The Requisite Industry To Recur
To The Source Of Those Opinions Which Are Most Deeply Engraven On His
Brain; If He Rendered To Himself A Faithful Account Of The Reasons Which
Make Him Hold These Opinions As Sacred; If He Coolly Examined The Basis
Of His Hopes, The Foundation Of His Fears, He Would Find That It Very
Frequently Happens, Those Objects, Or Those Ideas Which Move Him Most
Powerfully, Either Have No Real Existence, Or Are Words Devoid Of
Meaning, Which Terror Has Conjured Up To Explain Some Sudden Disaster;
That They Are Often Phantoms Engendered By A Disordered Imagination,
Modified By Ignorance; The Effect Of An Ardent Mind Distracted By
Contending Passions, Which Prevent Him From Either Reasoning Justly, Or
Consulting Experience In His Judgment; That This Mind Often Labours With
A Precipitancy That Throws His Intellectual Faculties Into Confusion;
That Bewilders His Ideas; That Consequently He Gives A Substance And A
Form To Chimeras, To Airy Nothings, Which He Afterwards Idolizes From
Sloth, Reverences From Prejudice.

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