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    Acting is not being emotional, but being able to express emotion.

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  2. 9

    A philosopher is, no doubt, entitled to examine even those distinctions that are to be found in the structure of all languages... in that case, such a distinction may be imputed to a vulgar error, which ought to be corrected in philosophy.

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  3. 8

    The finest productions of human art are immensely short of the meanest work of Nature. The nicest artist cannot make a feather or the leaf of a tree.

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  4. 7

    Every conjecture we can form with regard to the works of God has as little probability as the conjectures of a child with regard to the works of an adult.

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    The laws of nature are the rules according to which the effects are produced; but there must be a cause which operates according to these rules. The laws of navigation never navigated a ship. The rules of architecture never built a house.

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    The want of faith, as well as faith itself, is best shewn by works. If a sceptic avoid the fire as much as those who believe it dangerous to go into it, we can hardly avoid thinking his scepticism to be feigned, and not real.

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  7. 4

    I wanted to be a part of the downtown renaissance.

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    In every chain of reasoning, the evidence of the last conclusion can be no greater than that of the weakest link of the chain, whatever may be the strength of the rest.

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  9. 2

    The rules of navigation never navigated a ship. The rules of architecture never built a house.

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    There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words.

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