The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Volume 5

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John West and O.C. Greenleaf, 1813 - Political science

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Page 282 - And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Page 288 - ... number of circumstances to combine with those general ideas, and to take into his consideration. Circumstances are infinite, are infinitely combined ; are variable and transient ; he who does not take them into consideration, is not erroneous, but stark mad — dat operam ut cum ratione insaniat — he is metaphysically mad. A statesman, never losing sight of principles, is to be guided by circumstances ; and judging contrary to the exigencies of the moment, he may ruin his country for ever.
Page 216 - THE Roman Catholics of this kingdom shall enjoy such privileges in the exercise of their religion, as are consistent with the laws of Ireland : or as they did enjoy in the reign of king Charles the Second...
Page 340 - I am accused, I am told abroad, of being a man of aristocratic principles. If by aristocracy they mean the peers, I have no vulgar admiration, nor any vulgar antipathy towards them ; I hold their order in cold and decent respect. I hold them to be of an absolute necessity in the constitution ; but I think they are only good when kept within their proper bounds.
Page 286 - ... who by attacking even the possibility of all revelation, arraign all the dispensations of Providence to man. These are the wicked Dissenters you ought to fear; these are the people against whom you ought to aim the shaft of the law ; these are the men, to whom, arrayed in all the terrors of government, I would say, you shall not degrade us into brutes...
Page 575 - No freeman shall be taken or imprisoned or disseized, or outlawed, or banished, or any ways destroyed, nor will we pass upon him, nor will we send upon him, unless by the lawful judgment of his peers, or by the law of the land.
Page 254 - ... on the solid rock of prescription — the soundest, the most general, the most recognized title between man and man that is known in municipal or in public jurisprudence; a title in which not arbitrary institutions, but the eternal order of things gives judgment; a title which is not the creature but the master of positive law...
Page 213 - We found the people heretics and idolaters," he says; "we have, by way of improving their condition, rendered them slaves and beggars ; they remain in all the misfortune of their old errors, and all the superadded misery of their recent punishment.
Page 271 - ... what that hardship is. They Want to be preferred clergymen in the church of England as by law established ; but their consciences will not suffer them to conform to the doctrines and practices of that church ; that is, they want to be teachers in a church to which they do not betong ; and it is an odd sort of hardship. They want to receive the emoluments appropriated for teaching one set of doctrines, whilst they are teaching another.
Page 291 - But when a new fire bursts out, a face of desolation comes on, not to be rectified in ages. Therefore, when men come before us, and rise up like an exhalation from the ground, they come in a questionable shape, and we must exorcise them, and try whether their intents be wicked or charitable ; whether they bring airs from heaven or blasts from hell.

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