And it must be noted that I say of our reason, and not of our imagination or of our senses: thus, for example, although we very clearly see the sun, we ought not therefore to determine that it is only of the size which our sense of sight presents; and we may very distinctly imagine the head of a lion joined to the body of a goat, without being therefore shut up to the conclusion that a chimaera exists; for it is not a dictate of reason that what we thus see or imagine is in reality
existent; but it plainly tells us that all our ideas or notions contain in them some truth; for otherwise it could not be that God, who is wholly perfect and veracious, should have placed them in us.
For all which I shall not look on myself as accountable to any court of critical jurisdiction whatever: for as I am, in reality
, the founder of a new province of writing, so I am at liberty to make what laws I please therein.
You think yourself the perfection of existence, while you are in reality
the most imperfect and imbecile.
the column of water would be shorter, as we are speaking of sea water, the density of which is greater than that of fresh water.
But you know there is no such thing as choice in reality
, say what you like," you will interpose with a chuckle.
Some of the most deeply tragic and romantic, some of the most terrible incidents, have also their paralle in reality