Étienne Bonnot de Condillac

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The art of reasoning is nothing more than a language well arranged.

Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (30 September 17143 August 1780) was a French philosopher.

Quotes[edit]

  • The art of reasoning is nothing more than a language well arranged.
    • As quoted in Antoine Lavoisier, Elements of Chemistry (trans. Robert Kerr, 1790), Preface, p. xiv.
  • We shall not … begin this logic by definitions, axioms, or principles; we shall begin by observing the lessons which nature gives us.
    • The Logic of Condillac (trans. Joseph Neef, 1809), "Of the Method of Thinking", p. 3.
  • The tone in which an Englishman expresses anger would, in Italy, be only a mark of surprise.
    • As quoted in David Booth, The principles of English composition (1831), p. 8.
  • Our ideas are transformed sensations.
    • As quoted in Treasury of Wisdom, Wit and Humor, Odd Comparisons and Proverbs (1878), p. 204.
  • To the eye of God there are no numbers: seeing all things at one time, he counts nothing.
    • As quoted in Physically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotations on Physics and Astronomy (1997), p. 101.

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