Mind Cures

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Methuen, 1915 - 276 pages

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Page 139 - The only happiness a brave man ever troubled himself with asking much about was, happiness enough to get his work done. Not " I can't eat !" but " I can't work !" that was the burden of all wise complaining among men.
Page 25 - On usual occasions we make a practice of stopping an occupation as soon as we meet the first effective layer (so to call it) of fatigue. We have then walked, played, or worked " enough," so we desist. That amount of fatigue is an efficacious obstruction on this side of which our usual life is cast. But if an unusual necessity forces us to press onward, a surprising thing occurs. The fatigue gets worse up to a certain critical point, when gradually or suddenly it passes away, and we are fresher than...
Page 25 - wind" may supervene. Mental activity shows the phenomenon as well as physical, and in exceptional cases we may find, beyond the very extremity of fatiguedistress, amounts of ease and power that we never dreamed ourselves to own, — sources of strength habitually not taxed at all, because habitually we never push through the obstruction, never pass those early critical points.
Page 84 - A lady, in the last stage of chronic disease, was carried from London to a lodging in the country : — there her infant daughter was taken to visit her, and, after a short interview, carried back to town. The lady died a few days after, and the daughter grew up without any recollection of her mother, till she was of mature age. At this time she happened to be taken into the room in which her mother died, without knowing it to have been so : — she started on entering it, and, when a friend who...
Page 70 - At one time they conducted him through the whole progress of a quarrel, which ended in a duel ; and, when the parties were supposed to be met, a pistol was put into his hand, which he fired, and was awakened by the report.
Page 122 - A gentleman dreamed that he had enlisted as a soldier, joined his regiment, deserted, was apprehended, carried back, tried, condemned to be shot, and at last led out for execution. After all the usual preparations a gun 272 RAPIDITY OF DREAM-TRANSACTIONS. was fired, he awoke with the report, and found that a noise in an adjoining room had both produced the dream, and awaked him.
Page 71 - Louisburg,his friends foundhim one day asleep in his tent, and evidently much annoyed by the cannonading. They then made him believe that he was engaged, when he expressed great fear and showed an evident disposition to run away.
Page 41 - The surest road to health, say what they will, Is never to suppose we shall be ill. Most of those evils we poor mortals know From doctors and imagination flow.
Page 229 - He was at the time in a state of perfect stupor, and, after his recovery, retained no recollection either of the accident or the operation.
Page 228 - On one occasion she repeated distinctly the baptismal service of the Church of England, and concluded with an extemporary prayer. In her subsequent paroxysms she began to understand what was said to her, and to answer with a considerable degree of» consistency, though the answers were generally, to a certain degree, influenced by her hallucinations.

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