The Ruins: Or, A Survey of the Revolutions of Empires

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Strona 280 - For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts ; even one "thing befalleth them : as the one dieth, so dieth the other ; yea, they have all one br,, ith ; so that a man hath no pre-eminence above a beast : for all is vanity. " 20. All go unto one place ; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
Strona 246 - III.) to be of greater antiquity than any other nation ; and it is probable, that, born under the sun's path, its warmth may have ripened them earlier than other men. They suppose themselves also to be the inventors of divine worship, of festivals, of solemn assemblies, of sacrifices, and every other religious practice.
Strona 254 - In the Declaration of Rights, there is an inversion of ideas in the first article, liberty being placed before equality, from which it in reality springs. This defect is not to be wondered at ; the science of the rights of man is a new science : it was invented yesterday by the Americans, to-day the French are perfecting it, but there yet remains a great deal to be done. In the ideas that constitute it there is a genealogical order which, from its basis, physical equality, to the minutest and most...
Strona 288 - represents a beautiful virgin with flowing hair ; sitting in a chair, with two ears of corn in her hand, and suckling an infant, called Jesus by some nations, and Christ in Greek.
Strona x - Where are those ramparts of Nineveh, those walls of Babylon, those palaces of Persepolis, those temples of Balbec and of Jerusalem?
Strona 263 - Tacitus (Annul, lib. 15. c. 44), and the Gospels. But the passage in Josephus is unanimously acknowledged to be apocryphal, and to have been interpolated towards the close of the third century (See Trad, de Josephe, par M.
Strona 221 - Jesus, was an ancient name given to young Bacchus, the clandestine son of the virgin Minerva, who, in the whole history of his life, and even in his death, calls to mind the history of the God of the Christians ; that is, the Star of the Day, of which they are both of them emblems.
Strona 247 - ... of the sciences, and of consequence that the first learned nation was a nation of blacks; for it is incontrovertible, that by the term Ethiopians the ancients meant to represent a people of black complexion, thick lips, and woolly hair. I am therefore inclined to believe, that the inhabitants of Lower Egypt were originally a foreign colony imported from Syria and Arabia, a medley of different tribes of savages, originally shepherds and fishermen, who, by degrees formed themselves into a nation,...
Strona 266 - Plutarch, from the verses of Orpheus and the sacred books of the Egyptians and Phrygians, that the ancient theology, not only of the Greeks but of all nations, was nothing more than a system of physics, a picture of the operations of nature, wrapped up in...
Strona 278 - I find the analogy between it and theelectrial fluid. A luminous fluid, principle of warmth and motion, pervading the universe, forming the matter of the stars, having small round particles, which insinuate themselves into bodies, and fill them by dilating itself, be their extent what it will. What can more strongly resemble electricity?

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