I will merely observe, in mitigation of our prospective labours, that thinking, however it is to be analysed, is in itself a delightful occupation, and that there is no enemy to thinking so deadly as a false simplicity.
The act is the same in any two cases of the same kind of consciousness; for instance, if I think of Smith or think of Brown, the act of thinking, in itself, is exactly similar on both occasions.
To make this theory concrete, let us suppose that you are thinking of St.
As soon as I begin to plan, and think, and try, all my planning, thinking
, and trying go in old directions, and I begin to feel careful again about the expenses of the day, and about my dear father, and about my work, and then I remember with a start that there are no such cares left, and that in itself is so new and improbable that it sets me wandering again.
"He never got into trouble by thinking of his own idle pleasures, but because he was always thinking of the work he was doing for other people.
Garth shook his head to help out the inadequacy of words--"what I am thinking of is-- what it must be for a wife when she's never sure of her husband, when he hasn't got a principle in him to make him more afraid of doing the wrong thing by others than of getting his own toes pinched.
"My father," said I, "was not forty-seven when he died, and I remember thinking
him an old man."
Every man, in the degree in which he has wit and culture, finds his curiosity inflamed concerning the modes of living and thinking of other men, and especially of those classes whose minds have not been subdued by the drill of school education.
When at long intervals we turn over their abstruse pages, wonderful seems the calm and grand air of these few, these great spiritual lords who have walked in the world,--these of the old religion,--dwelling in a worship which makes the sanctities of Christianity look parvenues and popular; for "persuasion is in soul, but necessity is in intellect." This band of grandees, Hermes, Heraclitus, Empedocles, Plato, Plotinus, Olympiodorus, Proclus, Synesius and the rest, have somewhat so vast in their logic, so primary in their thinking, that it seems antecedent to all the ordinary distinctions of rhetoric and literature, and to be at once poetry and music and dancing and astronomy and mathematics.
He was actually thinking tenderly how lovely it was and what wonders of blue its hundreds of little blossoms were.
He opened it, scarcely thinking of the writer, but the first words attracted his attention at once.
Under the circumstances he could not help thinking it greedy.
If you're thinking of a text, what do you say to: With Christ, which is far better?"
Alice thought to herself, 'Then there's no use in speaking.' The voices didn't join in this time, as she hadn't spoken, but to her great surprise, they all THOUGHT in chorus (I hope you understand what THINKING IN CHORUS means--for I must confess that I don't), 'Better say nothing at all.
She stood silent for a minute, thinking: then she suddenly began again.