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An Attempt to explain the
Vita igitur in fanguine confiftit (uti etiam in facris noftris li-
gimus) quippe in ipso vita, atque anima primo elucet, ulte-
Vid. paflim in Exercitat. LI. de generat. Animal. Harv.
HERE are two sorts of human
others have already learned, which comes by Instructions from Writings, Words, or Examples; and that which has not yet been learned, which is acquired by Observations, and Comparisons of Opinions, Actions or Things. This Age very unjustly prizes the one, and despises the other, admires old Knowledge, and ridicules new; which is the Reason we have fo few beneficial Improvements. And it is observable, that Men who are Masters of, and full of the one, seldom do any considerable Thing in the other. Most Scholars learn to tell us, learnedly, what we know or have in use; few learn to tell us any thing we know not. Men who learn to mind Words, seldom mind Vol. X.