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Mixed Modes, where they exist.       §8. Though I shall have occasion to consider this more at large,
when I come to treat of Words, and their Use: yet I could not avoid
to take thus much notice here of the names of mixed Modes, which
being fleeting, and transient Combinations of simple Ideas, which
have but a short existence any where, but in the Minds of Men,
and there too have no longer any existence, than whilst they are
thought on, have not so much any where the appearance of a constant and
lasting existence, as in their Names: which are therefore, in these sort of
Ideas, very apt to be taken for the Ideas themselves. For if we should
enquire where the Idea of a Triumph, or Apotheosis exists, it is evident,
they could neither of them exist altogether any where in the things
themselves, being Actions that required time to their performance,
and so could never all exist together: and as to the Minds of Men,
where the Ideas of these Actions are supposed to be lodged, they
have there too a very uncertain existence; and therefore we are apt
to annex them to the Names, that excite them in us.
Locke Hum II, 22, §8, p. 291