one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."
Then as the present merges insensibly
into the future, the future is taken care of" (p.
In his book The Origin of Species Darwin himself asked: "Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly
fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms?" Quite!
(Melville 179) This is not Ishmael's first disclosure of such guilt, as he earlier admits to having had misgivings about signing aboard a ship without "laying...eyes" on the person who would prove to be the ship's "absolute dictator." Self-imputingly, he thus ponders the frame of mind that checked his inquiry: "But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly
strives to cover up his suspicions even from himself.
Insidiously and insensibly
gaining ground over the decades, it is more difficult to detect - or deter; and therefore, the more evil.
(24.) No original: "The revolution in England kept alive that spark which kindled the flame of liberty in other countries, and is now likely to glide insensibly
over the whole habitable globe".
[...] the divorce between entities that maintain primary and professional education and those who maintain secondary and higher education are insensibly
competing, as one of the signatories of this Manifesto has already observed, 'in order to establish in Brazil two parallel school systems, enclosed in watertight and incommunicable compartments, different in their cultural and social objectives, and, for this very reason, instruments of social stratification'.
torturing suspense to the wrung nerves, and at another insensibly
This book relates how, more and more, civilized men found themselves insensibly
sliding away from Scripture and speculation and turning instead toward the explanatory force of empirical evidence.
The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly
change from liberty to force....
Strauss finds a "connection between [Burke's] strictures on metaphysics and the skeptical tendencies of his contemporaries Hume and Rousseau" (NRH, 312), and concludes that Burke's philosophy encourages "a certain emancipation of sentiment and instinct from reason, or a certain depreciation of reason." For Strauss, "it is this novel attitude toward reason which accounts for the nonclassical overtones in Burke's remarks on the difference between theory and practice." In Strauss's words, "Burke's opposition to modern 'rationalism' shifts almost insensibly
into an opposition to 'rationalism' as such" (NRH, 313).