Can we wonder, then, that nature's productions should be far 'truer' in character than man's productions; that they should be infinitely better adapted
to the most complex conditions of life, and should plainly bear the stamp of far higher workmanship?
I have indeed observed the same disposition among most of the mathematicians I have known in Europe, although I could never discover the least analogy between the two sciences; unless those people suppose, that because the smallest circle has as many degrees as the largest, therefore the regulation and management of the world require no more abilities than the handling and turning of a globe; but I rather take this quality to spring from a very common infirmity of human nature, inclining us to be most curious and conceited in matters where we have least concern, and for which we are least adapted
by study or nature.
He remembered some of the costumes he had seen in Paris, and he adapted
one of them, getting his effect from a combination of violent, unusual colours.
The Greystoke bungalow was not well adapted
Of the various kinds of words, the compound are best adapted
to Dithyrambs, rare words to heroic poetry, metaphors to iambic.
Less figuratively speaking, he came up into the printing-office to expose from the book the nefarious plagiarism of an editor in a neighboring city, who had adapted
with the change of names and a word or two here and there, whole passages from the essay on Barere, to the denunciation of a brother editor.