George Adams (1750-1795) Quotes
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One of the ends for which man was formed, is to correct appearances and errors, by the investigation of truth; whoever considers him attentively, from infancy to manhood, and from manhood to old age, will find him ever busy in endeavoring to find some reality, to supply the place of the false appearances, by which he has hitherto been deceived.
Mankind are always ready to adopt or reject what accords with pre-conceived opinions, to make reason subservient to prejudice, and to reject without examination, whatever is discordant with a received system; thus closing the door of science, and excluding themselves from the benefit of light.
The end of natural philosophy is to increase either the knowledge or power of man, and enable him to understand the ways and procedure of nature. By discovering the laws of nature, he acquires knowledge, and obtains power; for when these laws are discovered, he can use them as rules of practice, to equal, subdue, or even excel nature by art.
Man has before him all nature, the whole world with which he is surrounded for the object of his view, and the subject of his consideration; but his capacity is so circumscribed, his knowledge so straightened, his powers so limited, that he can by no means conceive the mechanism of so vast and complicate a structure.