I am a materialist
, and I am a gross, fat man -- Falstaff, eh?
In religion and morals I adopted the views of a materialist
companion of my studies--a worn-out man of more than double my age.
I held that space was an apparition of God, and that soul was a projection of the character of God; and when he called me his sweet metaphysician, I called him my immortal materialist
. And so we loved and were happy; and I forgave him his materialism because of his tremendous work in the world, performed without thought of soul-gain thereby, and because of his so exceeding modesty of spirit that prevented him from having pride and regal consciousness of himself and his soul.
Mazarin, in his character of cardinal and prime minister, was almost an atheist, and quite a materialist
. Every time that the door opened, he turned sharply round towards that door, expecting to see the return of his unfortunate donation; then, deceived in his hope, he fell back again with a sigh, and found his pains so much the greater for having forgotten them for an instant.
Without being aware of it himself, he was a thorough materialist
. The strange effect produced on him by the room--following on the other strange effects produced on the other relatives of his dead brother-- exercised no perplexing influence over the mind of this sensible man.
When he had fixed his piercing look on this modern Babylon, which equally engages the contemplation of the religious enthusiast, the materialist
, and the scoffer, -- "Great city," murmured he, inclining his head, and joining his hands as if in prayer, "less than six months have elapsed since first I entered thy gates.
He thought how much better it was to be a dumb, unquestioning beast, or a human being conscious of his soul, than to be as he was--alone, a materialist
, who saw the meaninglessness of matter and whose mind, in some manner which he did not understand, had developed a slant that made him doubt what others accepted so easily as facts.
I remarked to him, with a smile, that he spoke like a materialist
, and he answered that he had always been one.
All the people on Bora Bora were Christians; but he was a heathen, the only unbeliever on the island, a gross materialist
, who believed that when he died he was dead.
The professor was carrying on a hot crusade against materialists
. Sergey Koznishev had been following this crusade with interest, and after reading the professor's last article, he had written him a letter stating his objections.
Those who argue that matter is the reality and mind a mere property of protoplasm are called "materialists
." They have been rare among philosophers, but common, at certain periods, among men of science.
Unlike other materialists
I had met and with whom I had something in common to start on, I had nothing in common with him.