Like Parmenides, he is overpowered and intoxicated with the idea of Being or God.
But we may remark that it is the idea of experience, rather than experience itself, with which the mind is filled.
If, on the other hand, you have, in addition to the generalized image, particular images of the several appearances, sufficiently clear to be recognized as different, and as instances of the generalized picture, you will then not feel the generalized picture to be adequate to any one particular appearance, and you will be able to make it function as a general idea rather than a vague idea.
We say, "This is Smith," but we do not say "This is man," but "This is a man." Thus we may say that a word embodies a vague idea when its effects are appropriate to an individual, but are the same for various similar individuals, while a word embodies a general idea when its effects are different from those appropriate to individuals.
The truth of this is sufficiently manifest from the single circumstance, that the philosophers of the schools accept as a maxim that there is nothing in the understanding which was not previously in the senses, in which however it is certain that the ideas
of God and of the soul have never been; and it appears to me that they who make use of their imagination to comprehend these ideas
do exactly the some thing as if, in order to hear sounds or smell odors, they strove to avail themselves of their eyes; unless indeed that there is this difference, that the sense of sight does not afford us an inferior assurance to those of smell or hearing; in place of which, neither our imagination nor our senses can give us assurance of anything unless our understanding intervene.
"Yes, monsieur le cardinal, and that is why I venture to call the idea
courageous as well as devoted.
The virtues are based on justice, of which common honesty in buying and selling is the shadow, and justice is based on the idea
of good, which is the harmony of the world, and is reflected both in the institutions of States and in motions of the heavenly bodies.
Only the following considerations can have led the historians to such a conclusion: (1) that history is written by learned men, and so it is natural and agreeable for them to think that the activity of their class supplies the basis of the movement of all humanity, just as a similar belief is natural and agreeable to traders, agriculturists, and soldiers (if they do not express it, that is merely because traders and soldiers do not write history), and (2) that spiritual activity, enlightenment, civilization, culture, ideas
, are all indistinct, indefinite conceptions under whose banner it is very easy to use words having a still less definite meaning, and which can therefore be readily introduced into any theory.
Yet with the first glimmerings of consciousness persisted the one idea
that he must gain to Skipper.
It's an idea
. Wait till you see Sarah, she'll get the idea
The latter method of obtaining the desired intelligence was dilatory and unsatisfactory; besides, I had an insurmountable aversion to the idea
of engaging myself in my loathsome task in my father's house while in habits of familiar intercourse with those I loved.
The most fundamental idea
, the idea
of existence, has not been received by me through sensation; indeed, there is no special sense-organ for the transmission of such an idea
Today we do more than celebrate America, we rededicate ourselves to the very idea
of America, an idea
born in revolution, and renewed through two centuries of challenge, an idea
tempered by the knowledge that but for fate, we, the fortunate and the unfortunate, might have been each other; an idea
ennobled by the faith that our nation can summon from its myriad diversity, the deepest measure of unity; an idea
infused with the conviction that America's journey long, heroic journey must go forever upward.
So long as the quality and the low prices can be maintained, here are two inexhaustible sources of wealth for the canton, which suggested to my mind the idea
of establishing three fairs in the year.
The theoretical conclusions of the Communists are in no way based on ideas
or principles that have been invented, or discovered, by this or that would-be universal reformer.