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

— Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet

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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.

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

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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.

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The pursuit of knowledge is but a course between two ignorances, as human life is itself only a wayfaring from grave to grave.

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Be sober, and to doubt prepense, These are the sinews of good sense.

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

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Truth like a torch, the more 'tis shock, it shines.

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In our natural body every part has a necessary sympathy with every other;

and all together form, by their harmonious conspiration, a healthy whole.

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Read much, but not many works.

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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.

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Consummated science is positively humble.

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