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Thoughts on Man

His Nature, Productions and Discoveries Interspersed with Some Particulars Respecting the Author

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Author: William Godwin
Published: 1831
Language: English
Wordcount: 115,747 / 334 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.8
LoC Category: GN
Downloads: 740
mnybks.net#: 2907
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Essays, Nature
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, the muscles, the articulations, and the veins come out, clean and finished. It has long ago been observed, that beauty, as well as virtue, is the middle between all extremes: that nose which is neither specially long, nor short, nor thick, nor thin, is the perfect nose; and so of the rest. In like manner, when I speak of man generally, I do not regard any aberrations of form, obesity, a thick calf, a thin calf; I take the middle between all extremes; and this is emphatically man.

Man cannot keep pace with a starting horse: but he can persevere, and beats him in the end.

What an infinite variety of works is man by his corporeal form enabled to accomplish! In this respect he casts the whole creation behind him.

What a machine is the human hand! When we analyse its parts and its uses, it appears to be the most consummate of our members. And yet there are other parts, that may maintain no mean rivalship against it.

What a sublimity is to be attributed to his upright form! He is not fashioned

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