Excerpt from Cyclopaedia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 1 of 2: Containing an Explication of the Terms, and an Account of the Things Signified Thereby, in the Several Arts, Both Liberal and Mechanical, and the Several Sciences, Human and Divine
IT may leolr ﬂrange to fay, that the principle is pereifely of the fame kind in them all We are ufed to confider it, in the two firli. As conﬂirution; in the latter, as difeafe: in the former, it is only occaftonal; in the latter, perpetual: in the one, it is arbitrary, and uncontrollable; in the other, limited, and remained. The barque, in the one cafe, drives of neceiiiry, as wanting cable and anchor to hold her; and in the other, fails out of choice, as finding the wind favourable, and the voyage delirable. But all this amounts to little more than a difference-in degree, between the fiﬂions of the poet, and thore ofthe lunatic: the' moving principle is the fame in both, though its effeﬂs be various. If the proper balance and-adjullment between the powers of reafon and imagination be wanting, yet they ﬂill retain their nature: as the wind is the fame, whether the pilot direels the helm or not.
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