Essays on Physiognomy: For the Promotion of the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind; Written in the German Language by J. C. Lavater, Abridged from Mr. Holcrofts Translation

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G. G. J. & J. Robinson, 1800 - 295 pages

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Page 282 - O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God ! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out ! For who hath known the mind of the Lord, or who hath been his counsellor ? or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again ? For of him, and through him, and to him are all things : to whom be glory for ever. — Amen.
Page 281 - And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; 19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
Page 282 - ... sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief; even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Page 282 - Oh ! the depth of the riches, both of the wifdom and knowledge of God ! How unfearchable are his judgments, and his ways paft finding out ! For who hath known the mind of the Lord ? or who hath been hiscounfellor?
Page 270 - I have often observed that, on mimicking the looks and gestures of angry, or placid, or frighted, or daring men, I have involuntarily found my mind turned to that passion whose appearance I endeavoured to imitate : nay, I am convinced it is hard to avoid it, though one strove to separate the passion from its correspondent gestures.
Page 270 - When he had a mind to penetrate into the inclinations of those he had to deal with, he composed his face, his gesture, and his whole body, as nearly as he could into the exact similitude of the person he intended to examine ; and then carefully observed what turn of mind he seemed to acquire by this change.
Page 10 - ... whether their judgment be or be not just, or whether it be exercised unconsciously? I am wearied of citing instances so numerous, and so continually before our eyes, to prove that men, tacitly and unanimously, confess the influence which physiognomy has over their sensations and actions. I feel disgust at being obliged to write thus, in order to convince the learned of truths with which every child is or may be acquainted.
Page 144 - Name : which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flefh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Page 10 - That wood is full of sap; this will grow, that not,' affirms he, at the first or second glance. 'Though these vine-shoots look well, they will bear but few grapes.' And wherefore? He remarks, in their appearance, as the physiognomist in the countenances of shallow men, the want of native energy. Does not he judge by the exterior? Does not the physician pay more attention to the physiognomy of the sick than to all the accounts that are brought him concerning his patient?
Page 27 - They are the foundations of all human knowledge. Man must wander in the darkest ignorance, equally with respect to himself and the objects that surround him, did he not become acquainted with their properties and powers by the aid of their externals...

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