Careful Words

faculty (n.)

The vision and the faculty divine;

Yet wanting the accomplishment of verse.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850): The Excursion. Book i.

  Every art and every faculty contemplates certain things as its principal objects.

Epictetus (Circa 60 a d): Discourses. Chap. xx.

  This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.

  Respect the faculty that forms thy judgments.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 a d): Meditations. iii. 9.