1 The Persian, Arabic, and Sanskrit languages engaged his attention, and I was easily induced to enter on the same studies.
2 I replied carelessly, and partly in contempt, mentioned the names of my alchemists as the principal authors I had studied.
3 I read and studied the wild fancies of these writers with delight; they appeared to me treasures known to few besides myself.
4 Their melancholy is soothing, and their joy elevating, to a degree I never experienced in studying the authors of any other country.
5 In spite of the intense labour and wonderful discoveries of modern philosophers, I always came from my studies discontented and unsatisfied.
6 The cottage of my protectors had been the only school in which I had studied human nature, but this book developed new and mightier scenes of action.
7 Her victory was announced by an unusual tranquillity and gladness of soul which followed the relinquishing of my ancient and latterly tormenting studies.
8 There only remained a resolution to return to my ancient studies and to devote myself to a science for which I believed myself to possess a natural talent.
9 You were attached to each other from your earliest infancy; you studied together, and appeared, in dispositions and tastes, entirely suited to one another.
10 In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder.
11 The possession of these treasures gave me extreme delight; I now continually studied and exercised my mind upon these histories, whilst my friends were employed in their ordinary occupations.
12 I returned home not disappointed, for I have said that I had long considered those authors useless whom the professor reprobated; but I returned not at all the more inclined to recur to these studies in any shape.
13 It may appear strange that such should arise in the eighteenth century; but while I followed the routine of education in the schools of Geneva, I was, to a great degree, self-taught with regard to my favourite studies.
14 All that he said threw greatly into the shade Cornelius Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Paracelsus, the lords of my imagination; but by some fatality the overthrow of these men disinclined me to pursue my accustomed studies.
15 Idleness had ever been irksome to me, and now that I wished to fly from reflection, and hated my former studies, I felt great relief in being the fellow-pupil with my friend, and found not only instruction but consolation in the works of the orientalists.