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Philosophy 2500F/G

ORIGIN OF IDEAS  These faculties may mimic or copy the perceptions of the sense but they never can entirely reach the force and vivacity of the original sentiment  They never can arrive at such a pitch of vivacity as to render these perceptions altogether undistinguishable  The most lively thought is still inferior to the dullest sensation  A man in a fit of anger is actuated in a very different manner from one who only thinks of that emotion  I easily understand your meaning and from a just conception of his situation but never can mistake that conception for the real disorders and agitations of the passion  Divide all the perceptions of the mind into two classes or species  The less forcible and lively are common denominated thoughts or ideas – the other species want a name in our language – rank them under a general term or appellation call them impressions  Impressions are distinguished from ideas which are the less lively perceptions of which we are conscious when we reflect on any of those sensations or movements above mentioned  Nothing, ma seem more unbounded than the thought of man, which not only escapes all human power and authority but is not even restrained within the limits of nature and reality  Thought seems to possess this unbounded liberty  Creative power of the mind amounts to no more than the faculty of compounding transposing augmenting or diminishing the materials afforded us by the senses and experience  All the materials of thinking derived either from our outward or inward sentiment  All our ideas or more feebl
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