But in the age of Socrates it was only by an effort that the mind could rise to a general notion
of virtue as distinct from the particular virtues of courage, liberality, and the like.
Young as he is, that lad's notions
of moral rectitude I defy you ever to eradicate.
And it must be noted that I say of our reason, and not of our imagination or of our senses: thus, for example, although we very clearly see the sun, we ought not therefore to determine that it is only of the size which our sense of sight presents; and we may very distinctly imagine the head of a lion joined to the body of a goat, without being therefore shut up to the conclusion that a chimaera exists; for it is not a dictate of reason that what we thus see or imagine is in reality existent; but it plainly tells us that all our ideas or notions
contain in them some truth; for otherwise it could not be that God, who is wholly perfect and veracious, should have placed them in us.
We cannot distinguish, among nearly invariable antecedents, one as THE cause, and the others as merely its concomitants: the attempt to do this depends upon a notion
of cause which is derived from will, and will (as we shall see later) is not at all the sort of thing that it is generally supposed to be, nor is there any reason to think that in the physical world there is anything even remotely analogous to what will is supposed to be.
Upon recollection, however, I have a notion
they are both dead; at least the mother is; yes, I am sure Mrs.
From this last speech I derived the notion
that Miss Havisham, for some reason or no reason, had not taken him into her confidence as to her designing me for Estella; that he resented this, and felt a jealousy about it; or that he really did object to that scheme, and would have nothing to do with it.
Well, I have no objection to your contemplating Hetty in an artistic light, but I must not have you feeding her vanity and filling her little noddle with the notion
that she's a great beauty, attractive to fine gentlemen, or you will spoil her for a poor man's wife--honest Craig's, for example, whom I have seen bestowing soft glances on her.
That, replies Socrates, is the old confusion about Anaxagoras; the Athenian people are not so ignorant as to attribute to the influence of Socrates notions
which have found their way into the drama, and may be learned at the theatre.
Well, to my notion
, nobility and teaching little girls French and Italian, and their gammes, have very little in common.
In this Harvey excelled Dan, for he had inherited a head for figures, and the notion
of stealing information from one glimpse of the sullen Bank sun appealed to all his keen wits.
No, I know the notes of many birds, and I know many melodies by ear; but the music that I don't know at all, and have no notion
about, delights me--affects me.
Here Adeimantus interposed and said: To these statements, Socrates, no one can offer a reply; but when you talk in this way, a strange feeling passes over the minds of your hearers: They fancy that they are led astray a little at each step in the argument, owing to their own want of skill in asking and answering questions; these littles accumulate, and at the end of the discussion they are found to have sustained a mighty overthrow and all their former notions
appear to be turned upside down.