He begged it to be at once understood, that his own observations
had been merely intended to bear a Pickwickian construction.
At length, thanks to modern art, instruments of still higher perfection searched the moon without intermission, not leaving a single point of her surface unexplored; and notwithstanding that her diameter measures 2,150 miles, her surface equals the one-fifteenth part of that of our globe, and her bulk the one-forty-ninth part of that of the terrestrial spheroid-- not one of her secrets was able to escape the eyes of the astronomers; and these skillful men of science carried to an even greater degree their prodigious observations
On arriving at the summit Captain Nemo carefully took the mean height of the barometer, for he would have to consider that in taking his observations
. At a quarter to twelve the sun, then seen only by refraction, looked like a golden disc shedding its last rays upon this deserted continent and seas which never man had yet ploughed.
desires, most people believe that we can know them by an immediate self-knowledge which does not depend upon observation of our actions.
We used to be full of virtuous wishes, but since Freud our wishes have become, in the words of the Prophet Jeremiah, "deceitful above all things and desperately wicked." Both these views, in most of those who have held them, are the product of theory rather than observation, for observation requires effort, whereas repeating phrases does not.
"It is simplicity itself," he remarked, chuckling at my surprise,--"so absurdly simple that an explanation is superfluous; and yet it may serve to define the limits of observation
and of deduction.
the negotiation was concluded very pleasantly, and Mr Swiveller was in the act of stating in flowery terms that he had no insurmountable objection to marrying anybody plentifully endowed with money or moveables, who could be induced to take him, when he was interrupted in his observations
by a knock at the door, and the consequent necessity of crying 'Come in.'
The danger to his own reputation, and, in the case of an elective magistrate, to his political existence, from betraying a spirit of favoritism, or an unbecoming pursuit of popularity, to the observation of a body whose opinion would have great weight in forming that of the public, could not fail to operate as a barrier to the one and to the other.
Those who have themselves reflected upon the subject, or who have attended to the observations made in other parts of these papers, in relation to the appointment of the President, will, I presume, agree to the position, that there would always be great probability of having the place supplied by a man of abilities, at least respectable.
But east and west have no certain points of heaven; and no more have the wars, either from the east or west, any certainty of observation
. But north and south are fixed; and it hath seldom or never been seen that the far southern people have invaded the northern, but contrariwise.
Your picture is so fine that my observation
cannot detract from it, and, besides, it is only my personal opinion.
Puerile as such an exercise may seem, it sharpens the faculties of observation
, and teaches one where to look and what to look for.