"It is therefore only by variously combining objects, by leaving (if I may be allowed the expression) the mind to rove at will, and by employing no more attention than is necessary to collect the result of its thoughts, and to select therefrom such as are for its purpose."
— Marat, Jean-Paul (1743-1793)
Thus therefore men who have but little sensibility, and are of robust organs, can possess but a small share of imagination: men, who are but little sensible, and yet delicate, must possess more. They, who are feeble and of great sensibility, yet greater: and they who are extremely vigorous and extremely sensible, most of all. Eager to rise above the sphere of the senses, these can alone soar above this low world, and with a bold wing traversing the boundless tracts of aether transport themselves to worlds unexplored before.
A Philosophical Essay on Man: Being an Attempt to Investigate the Principles and Laws of the Reciprocal Influence of the Soul on the Body, 2 vols. (London: Printed for J. Ridley; and T. Payne, 1773) <Link to Vol. II in ECCO_TCP>