He was quite unaware already that he had ever been human
, and thought he was a bird, even in appearance, just the same as in his early days, and when he tried to catch a fly he did not understand that the reason he missed it was because he had attempted to seize it with his hand, which, of course, a bird never does.
Jerry, who heard, registered, and recognized many words that were as truly tools of thought to him as they were to humans
, but who, by inarticulateness of birth and breed, could not utter these many words, nevertheless in his mental processes, used images just as articulate men use words in their own mental processes.
Past experience suggested that the great wings were a part of some ingenious mechanical device, for the limitations of the human
mind, which is always loath to accept aught beyond its own little experience, would not permit him to entertain the idea that the creatures might be naturally winged and at the same time of human
Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human
heart, and most highly honorable to the human
character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity.
Even the Ape-man lacked that inward sinuous curve of the back which makes the human
figure so graceful.
All the old constellations had gone from the sky, however: that slow movement which is imperceptible in a hundred human
lifetimes, had long since rearranged them in unfamiliar groupings.
They were no more like the Martians I saw in action than a Dutch doll is like a human
I craved human
companionship, and, coming off the poop, took my place by the side of the boatswain (a man whom I did not like) in a comparatively dry spot where at worst we had water only up to our knees.
Fixing our attention on such outside shows of similarity or difference, we lose sight of those realities by which nature, fortune, fate, or Providence has constituted for every man a brotherhood, wherein it is one great office of human
wisdom to classify him.
NOT long ago, the writer of these lines, In the mad pride of intellectuality, Maintained "the power of words"--denied that ever A thought arose within the human
brain Beyond the utterance of the human
tongue: And now, as if in mockery of that boast, Two words-two foreign soft dissyllables-- Italian tones, made only to be murmured By angels dreaming in the moonlit "dew That hangs like chains of pearl on Hermon hill,"-- Have stirred from out the abysses of his heart, Unthought-like thoughts that are the souls of thought, Richer, far wider, far diviner visions Than even the seraph harper, Israfel,(Who has "the sweetest voice of all God's creatures") Could hope to utter.
It destroys likewise magnanimity, and the raising of human
nature; for take an example of a dog, and mark what a generosity and courage he will put on, when he finds himself maintained by a man; who to him is instead of a God, or melior natura; which courage is manifestly such, as that creature, without that confidence of a better nature than his own, could never attain.
It was the prognostication of the philosopher who sees human
thought, volatilized by the press, evaporating from the theocratic recipient.