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Theme Of Oppression In A Tale Of Two Cities

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Of Man, the Organs, the Soul, the Intellectual Faculties

[1] THERE are two existences that a man, prisoned within himself, might know: his own and God's; I am, therefore God is. But sensation only can teach him the existence of bodies.

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[2] We see everything through ourselves. We are a medium always interposed between things and ourselves.

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[3] There is, in language, something of fate and inspiration.

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[4] The soul is to the eyes what sight is to the touch; it seizes what eludes the senses. As in art the greatest beauty is beyond law, so in knowledge the highest and the truest is beyond experience.

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[5] In the soul there is a taste that loves goodness, as in the body there is an appetite that loves pleasure.

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[6] The mind is the atmosphere of the soul.

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[7] What we call soul in man is unchanging, but what we call mind differs with every age, every situation, every day. The mind is a mobile thing whose direction changes with every wind that blows.

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[8] The mind is a fire, of which thought is the flame. Like flame it tends upwards. Men do their best to smother it by turning the point downwards.

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[9] Plato is wrong: there are some things that may be communicated, but not taught; some that we may obviously possess without the power of communicating them. Strictly speaking, perhaps, a man is only learned in what can be taught; but he may be gifted with an art which could not be transmitted: such as quickness of grasp, instinct, genius; such as also, perhaps, the art of knowing and governing men.

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[10] Our mind has more thoughts than our memory can store; it...

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