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  • But the Scripture positively affirms of some to whom the gospel was preached that "they could not believe," John xii. 39; and of all natural men, that "they cannot receive the things of God," 1 Cor. ii.


  • They were scattered for their progenitor preferring self-revenge by the sword before the glory of God, Gen.xlix. 7; and they are now consecrated to God by the sword, in preferring the glory of God above all natural affection and self-interest whatever.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • Subdue your passions, embrace what is most abhorring to your sense, repress all natural desire of glory most especially; and spare not yourself in that particular, till you have torn out of your heart the very roots of pride; not only suffering yourself to be debased beneath all men, but being glad to be despised.

    The Works of John Dryden

  • I am sorry about the Primulas, but I feel sure some such equally good case will some day be discovered, for it seems impossible to understand how all natural species whatever should have acquired sterility.

    Alfred Russel Wallace Letters and Reminiscences

  • That such comparatively long periods elapsed between successive sendings shows that, in the face of all natural desire to be informed as to how far the abatement had progressed, Noah had possessed his soul in patience, the patience of faith.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Mary Dias was not only blind, but taken with the palsy over half her body, on the right side of it; so that her arm hung dead from her shoulder, and she had only the use of one leg: despairing of all natural remedies, she caused herself to be conveyed to Lucy's lodgings.

    The Works of John Dryden

  • And so too all natural condensations caused by cold should be investigated, in order that, their causes being known, they may be imitated by art.

    The New Organon

  • I know that those who are not familiar with the working of "the peculiar institution," can scarcely imagine any one so totally devoid of all natural affection as to sell his own offspring into returnless bondage.

    Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom

  • Philosophy of Necessity, published in 1841, he maintained that the only reality is the Great Unknown which we name God, that all natural laws are actions of the first cause.

    George Eliot; A Critical Study of Her Life, Writings and Philosophy

  • His mother, a Christian by profession, but not without some remainders of paganism in her heart, seeing that all natural remedies were of no effect, had recourse to certain enchantments frequently practised amongst the heathens, and sent for an old sorceress, who was called Nai.

    The Works of John Dryden


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