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Wallis, bon juge en ses matieres, temoigne son admiration pour ce grand homme, par ces mots, 舦uir ftupenda:sagacitatis, qui prima sundamenta posuit invention num fere omnium, de qtiibus promovendis atas noftra g/oriatur. Hist, des Math. par Montucla. Part I. liv. iv. ŧ 5. ton** ton*s enquiries concerning bodies the most subtle or the most remote, seem to demand an acuteness and compass of invention, which we might pronounce adequate to all the investigations of Bacon, though his discoveries in mathematics, perfectly original, were not ex-ű tant, to give a sanction to the judgment* Nay, it is observable that, if the first trial Was left very imperfect, it may discover less invention, than is exerted afterwards in perfecting the art; and that* in this casse* he whd perfects the art is acknowleged to possess admirable geniusj while the first attempts are" disregarded, and the very names of those whd made them} totally forgotten.
Put. Et aliam gloriam usurpavit [Apelles,] cum Protogenis opus immensi laboris ac curȰ supra modum anxiȰ miraretur. Dixit enim omnia sibi cum iilo paria esse, aut illi meliora; fed uno se prȰstare, quod manure ille de tabula nesciret tollere. Plin. ib. Cura, Protogenes舒prȰstantiffimus. Quint, ib. (0 Nec debebat Amphioni de dispositione, nec Asclepiodoro de meosuris. Plin. ib. Eadem Ȱtate Asclepiodorus suit, Nothing appears in it uncommon or new; every thing is trite and unoriginal. Or, if he attempts to quit the beaten path, and start new game, he can find out but a few ideas, he is exhausted by a stiort excursion, and must either make a stop, or return to the tracks of memory. Industry endeavouring, in this manner, to supply the want of a copious imagination, by accurate remembrance or diligent observation, will produce, instead of a philosopher, a devoted follower, follower, or a dull laborious commentator; instead of a poet, a servile imitator, or a painful translator.
Nothing appears in it uncommon or new; every thing is trite and unoriginal. Or, if he attempts to quit the beaten path, and start new game, he can find out but a few ideas, he is exhausted by a stiort excursion, and must either make a stop, or return to the tracks of memory. Industry endeavouring, in this manner, to supply the want of a copious imagination, by accurate remembrance or diligent observation, will produce, instead of a philosopher, a devoted follower, follower, or a dull laborious commentator; instead of a poet, a servile imitator, or a painful translator.