I suppose it is the way with all men and women who reach middle age without the clear perception
that life never can be thoroughly joyous: under the vague dullness of the grey hours, dissatisfaction seeks a definite object, and finds it in the privation of an untried good.
Thus, by knowledge we mean knowledge the knowable; by the knowable, that which is to be apprehended by knowledge; by perception
of the perceptible; by the perceptible, that which is apprehended by perception
Fanny had been everywhere awake to the difference of the country since February; but when they entered the Park her perceptions
and her pleasures were of the keenest sort.
Outwardly he had been no ardent or enterprising lover; the career of his passion had confined its tumults and vicissitudes so entirely within the artist's imagination that Annie herself had scarcely more than a woman's intuitive perception
of it; but, in Owen's view, it covered the whole field of his life.
It arose from a picture, from two pictures and also from a phrase pronounced by a man, who in the science of life and in the perception
of aesthetic truth had no equal in the world of culture.
Voice indeed, as being the token of pleasure and pain, is imparted to others also, and thus much their nature is capable of, to perceive pleasure and pain, and to impart these sensations to others; but it is by speech that we are enabled to express what is useful for us, and what is hurtful, and of course what is just and what is unjust: for in this particular man differs from other animals, that he alone has a perception
of good and evil, of just and unjust, and it is a participation of these common sentiments which forms a family and a city.
It is a proof of the shallowness of the doctrine of beauty as it lies in the minds of our amateurs, that men seem to have lost the perception
of the instant dependence of form upon soul.
It was evident that he had long been convinced that it was impossible for him to make a mistake, and that in his perception
whatever he did was right, not because it harmonized with any idea of right and wrong, but because he did it.
I knew this, in a measure then, as I know it now, and yet neither the literary pride I was beginning to have in the perception
of such things, nor the powerful appeal it made to my sympathies, sufficed to impassion me of it.
Lady Lydiard's quick perception
instantly detected what was passing in his mind.
The woman seized the opportunity of gossiping about me and my affairs, and my wife's quick perception
drew the right conclusion unerringly.
And so with dialectic; when a person starts on the discovery of the absolute by the light of reason only, and without any assistance of sense, and perseveres until by pure intelligence he arrives at the perception
of the absolute good, he at last finds himself at the end of the intellectual world, as in the case of sight at the end of the visible.