For all that any man may gainsay, the ketch Arangi, trader and blackbirder in the Solomon Islands, may have signified in Jerry's mind as much the mysterious boat that traffics between the two worlds, as, at one time, the boat that Charon sculled across the Styx signified to the human
An ugly-looking man, a hunch-backed human
savage to all appearance, squatting in the aperture of one of the dens, would stretch his arms and yawn, showing with startling suddenness scissor-edged incisors and sabre-like canines, keen and brilliant as knives.
Thus, during the first six thousand years of the world, from the most immemorial pagoda of Hindustan, to the cathedral of Cologne, architecture was the great handwriting of the human
And, indeed, human
reason replies: every time conquerors appear there have been wars, but this does not prove that the conquerors caused the wars and that it is possible to find the laws of a war in the personal activity of a single man.
With savage shouts they rushed forward toward the human
Under every species of discouragement, they undertook the voyage; they performed it in spite of numerous and almost insuperable obstacles; they arrived upon a wilderness bound with frost and hoary with snow, without the boundaries of their charter, outcasts from all human
society, and coasted five weeks together, in the dead of winter, on this tempestuous shore, exposed at once to the fury of the elements, to the arrows of the native savage, and to the impending horrors of famine.
A striking feature of the decorations consisted of several engaged columns set into the walls at no regular intervals, the capitals of each supporting a human
skull the cranium of which touched the ceiling, as though the latter was supported by these grim reminders either of departed relatives or of some hideous tribal rite--Bradley could not but wonder which.
Without the body the brain would, of course, become a mere selfish intelligence, without any of the emotional substratum of the human
Another was lolling on a garden-chair, reading a postage-stamp which some human
had let fall, and when he heard Peter's voice he popped in alarm behind a tulip.
Whether these philosophers be the same with that surprising sect, who are honourably mentioned by the late Dr Swift, as having, by the mere force of genius alone, without the least assistance of any kind of learning, or even reading, discovered that profound and invaluable secret that there is no God; or whether they are not rather the same with those who some years since very much alarmed the world, by showing that there were no such things as virtue or goodness really existing in human
nature, and who deduced our best actions from pride, I will not here presume to determine.
One of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human
frame, and, indeed, any animal endued with life.
It destroys likewise magnanimity, and the raising of human
nature; for take an example of a dog, and mark what a generosity and courage he will put on, when he finds himself maintained by a man; who to him is instead of a God, or melior natura; which courage is manifestly such, as that creature, without that confidence of a better nature than his own, could never attain.
Fixing our attention on such outside shows of similarity or difference, we lose sight of those realities by which nature, fortune, fate, or Providence has constituted for every man a brotherhood, wherein it is one great office of human
wisdom to classify him.
It has often been charged with inconsistency and fancifulness, and yet has had an elevating effect on human
nature, and has exercised a wonderful charm and interest over a few spirits who have been lost in the thought of it.
On the other hand, it may be held that animals and plants present simpler phenomena, more easily analysed than those of human
minds; on this ground it may be urged that explanations which are adequate in the case of animals ought not to be lightly rejected in the case of man.