375. Physical Sensibility.

375. Physical Sensibility.NOUN. sensibility; sensitiveness &c. adj.; physical sensibility, feeling, impressibility, perceptivity, æsthetics; moral sensibility &c. 822.

sensation, impression; consciousness &c. (knowledge) 490.

external senses.

VERB. be sensible of &c. adj.; feel, perceive.

render sensible &c. adj.; sharpen, cultivate, tutor.

cause sensation, impress; excite an impression, produce an impression.

ADJ. sensible, sensitive, sensuous; æsthetic, perceptive, sentient; conscious &c. (aware) 490.

acute, sharp, keen, vivid, lively, impressive, thin-skinned.

ADV. to the quick.

PHR. “As flames by nature to the skies ascend, / As weighty bodies to the centre tend, / As to the sea returning rivers roll, / And the touch’d needle trembles to the pole; / Hither, as to their proper place, arise / All various sounds from earth, and seas, and skies, / Or spoke aloud, or whisper’d in the ear; / Nor ever silence, rest, or peace is here.” {Alexander Pope—The House of Fame.}.

“And our spirits rushed together at the touching of the lips.” {Alfred Lord Tennyson—Locksley Hall (1877). }.

“But O for the touch of a vanished hand, / And the sound of a voice that is still!” {Alfred Lord Tennyson—Break, break, break. }.

Noli me tangere. [Lat.] {Biblia Vulgatæ—Saint John, 20:17. “Do not wish to touch me; touch me not.” }.

Tetigisti me et exarsi in pacem tuam. [Lat.] {Saint Augustine—Confessions. Bk. X. Ch. 27. Sec. 38. “Thou hast touched me and I have been translated into thy peace.” }.

Vivre, c’est penser et sentir son âme. [Fr.] {Joubert“The essence of life consists in thinking, and being conscious of one’s soul.” }.

pngExamine for a moment an ordinary mind on an ordinary day. The mind receives a myriad impressions — trivial, fantastic, evanescent, or engraved with the sharpness of steel. From all sides they come, an incessant shower of innumerable atoms; and as they fall, as they shape themselves into the life of Monday or Tuesday, the accent falls differently from of old; the moment of importance came not here but there; so that, if a writer were a free man and not a slave, if he could write what he chose, not what he must, if he could base his work upon his own feeling and not upon convention, there would be no plot, no comedy, no tragedy, no love interest or catastrophe in the accepted style, and perhaps not a single button sewn on as the Bond Street tailors would have it. Life is not a series of gig-lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end. Is it not the task of the novelist to convey this varying, this unknown and uncircumscribed spirit, whatever aberration or complexity it may display, with as little mixture of the alien and external as possible? We are not pleading merely for courage and sincerity; we are suggesting that the proper stuff of fiction is a little other than custom would have us believe it.

{Virgina Woolf—The Common Reader. ‘Modern Fiction’ (1925). }.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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