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  • I need not examine at length the vis inertiae which is so much talked of in the new philosophy, and which is ascribed to matter.

    Of the Idea of necessary Connexion. Part I

  • 15 I need not examine at length the vis inertiae which is so much talked of in the new philosophy, and which is ascribed to matter.

    An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

  • Totam noctem bene et pudice nemini molestus dormiendo transegit; mane autem quum nullius conscius facinoris sibi esset, et inertiae puderet, audisse se dicebat eum dolore calculi solere eam conflictari.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The principle of the vis inertiae, for example, seems to be identical in physics and metaphysics.

    The Purloined Letter

  • The species of power in young ladies which Lady Lufton most admired was the vis inertiae belonging to beautiful and dignified reticence; of this poor Lucy had none.

    Framley Parsonage

  • When we call this a vis inertiae, we only mark these facts, without pretending to have any idea of the inert power; in the same manner as, when we talk of gravity, we mean certain effects, without comprehending that active power.

    An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

  • Such were his virtues; and by these negative qualities this vis inertiae, he had acquired, and maintained, a considerable influence in the country.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • The vis inertiae of patient endurance, is the only weapon of any use in attempting to overcome the lengthened ennui of this most tedious transit.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • Athelstane, utterly confounded at an order which the manners and feelings of the times rendered so injuriously insulting, unwilling to obey, yet undetermined how to resist, opposed only the “vis inertiae” to the will of John; and, without stirring or making any motion whatever of obedience, opened his large grey eyes, and stared at the Prince with an astonishment which had in it something extremely ludicrous.

    Ivanhoe

  • Be this as it will, her admonitions, though they were powerful enough to convince, would have been insufficient to overcome the languor and vis inertiae of her brother, had she not reinforced her arguments, by calling in question the credit of two or three merchants, with whom he was embarked in trade.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

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