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But the nature of our civilized minds is so detached from the senses, even in the vulgar, by abstractions corresponding to all theabstract terms our languages abound in, and so refined by the art of writing, and as it were spiritualized by the use of numbers, because even the vulgar know how to count and reckon, that it is naturally beyond our power to form the vast image of this mistress called Sympathetic Nature.
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The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.

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It is true that men themselves made this world of nations ... but this world without doubt has issued from a mind often diverse, at times quite contrary, and always superior to the particular ends that men had proposed to themselves.

— Giambattista Vico

The universal principle of etymology in all languages: words are carried over from bodies and from the properties of bodies to express the things of the mind and spirit. The order of ideas must follow the order of things.

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Uniform ideas originating among entire peoples unknown to each other must have a common ground of truth.

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Political Science carries inseparably with it the study of piety, and that he who is not pious cannot be truly wise.

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Governments must conform to the nature of the men governed.

— Giambattista Vico

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