A shadowy conception
of power that by much persuasion can be induced to refrain from inflicting harm, is the shape most easily taken by the sense of the Invisible in the minds of men who have always been pressed close by primitive wants, and to whom a life of hard toil has never been illuminated by any enthusiastic religious faith.
And as to ideas, entities, abstractions, and transcendentals, I could never drive the least conception
into their heads.
There were moments when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realize his conception
of the beautiful.
In a flash the conception
of a membrane telephone was pictured in his mind.
The Apology of Plato may be compared generally with those speeches of Thucydides in which he has embodied his conception
of the lofty character and policy of the great Pericles, and which at the same time furnish a commentary on the situation of affairs from the point of view of the historian.
Here, then, are three sources of vague and incorrect definitions: indistinctness of the object, imperfection of the organ of conception
, inadequateness of the vehicle of ideas.
Not being able either to move or to see, save in his Straight Line, he had no conception
of anything out of it.
Epic poetry and Tragedy, Comedy also and Dithyrambic: poetry, and the music of the flute and of the lyre in most of their forms, are all in their general conception
modes of imitation.
In a few short years he revolutionized, not the strategy or tactics of sea-warfare, but the very conception
of victory itself.
Sometimes it happens that the most insane thought, the most impossible conception
, will become so fixed in one's head that at length one believes the thought or the conception
to be reality.
A poem, in my opinion, is opposed to a work of science by having, for its immediate object, pleasure, not truth; to romance, by having, for its object, an indefinite instead of a definite pleasure, being a poem only so far as this object is attained; romance presenting perceptible images with definite, poetry with indefinite sensations, to which end music is an essential, since the comprehension of sweet sound is our most indefinite conception
Oligarchs and democrats go wrong in their conception
of the good.
I racked my brain, but could in no way account for an action so contrary to my conception
Similarity of form led him into no erroneous conception
of the welcome that would be accorded him should he be discovered by these, the first of his own kind he had ever seen.
Only when we have admitted the conception
of the infinitely small, and the resulting geometrical progression with a common ratio of one tenth, and have found the sum of this progression to infinity, do we reach a solution of the problem.