Ideal Commonwealths: Plutarch's Lycurgus, More's Utopia, Bacon's New Atlantis, Campanella's City of the Sun and a Fragment of Hall's Mundus Alter Et Idem

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G. Routledge and sons, limited, 1890 - 284 pages
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Page 202 - The End of our Foundation is the knowledge of Causes, and secret motions of things'; and the enlarging of the bounds of Human Empire, to the effecting of all things possible.
Page 180 - Bensalem," for so they call it in their language, " have this, that by means of our solitary situation, " and of the laws of secrecy which we have for our " travellers, and our rare admission of strangers, we " know well most part of the habitable world and ;( are ourselves unknown. Therefore because he " that knoweth least is fittest to ask questions, it is " more reason for the entertainment of the time, that " ye ask me questions, than that I ask you.
Page 62 - ... there the nobility and gentry and even those holy men the abbots, not contented with the old rents which their farms yielded, nor thinking it enough that they living at their ease do no good to the public, resolve to do it hurt instead of good. They stop the course of agriculture, destroying houses and towns, reserving only the churches, and enclose grounds that they may lodge their sheep in them.
Page 181 - But ere he came near it, the pillar and cross of light broke up, and cast itself abroad, as it were, into a firmament of many stars, which also vanished soon after, and there was nothing left to be seen but a small ark, or chest of cedar, dry, and not wet at all with water, though it swam.
Page 188 - ... be plentifully set on work, both by fishing and by transportations from port to port, and likewise by sailing unto some small islands that are not far from us, and are under the crown and laws of this state ; and recalling into his memory the happy and flourishing estate...
Page 203 - We have high towers; the highest about half a mile in height; and some of them likewise set upon high mountains ; so that the vantage of the hill with the tower is in the highest of them three miles at least. And these places we call the Upper Region: accounting the air between the high places and the low, as a Middle Region.
Page 95 - ... all mechanics except the Utopians^ but they dividing the day and night into twenty-four hours/ appoint six of these for work; three of which are before dinner/ and three after. They then sup/ and at eight o'clock/ counting from noon/ go to bed and sleep eight hours.
Page 111 - But as they are almost in everything equal to the ancient philosophers, so they far exceed our modern logicians; for they have never yet fallen upon the barbarous niceties that our youth are forced to learn in those trifling logical schools that are among us; they are so far from minding chimeras, and fantastical images made in the mind, that none of them could comprehend what we meant when we talked to them of a man in the abstract, as common to all men in particular (so that though we spoke of...
Page 212 - For our ordinances and rites: we have two very long and fair galleries: in one of these we place patterns and samples of all manner of the more rare and excellent inventions: in the other we place the statua's of all principal inventors.
Page 189 - Wherein he saw so far, that now in so many ages since the proh1bition, we have memory not of one ship that ever returned, and but of thirteen persons only, at several times, that chose to return in our bottoms. What those few that returned may have reported abroad, I know not. But you must think, whatsoever they have said, could be taken where they came but...

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