Letters on a Regicide Peace: Letters I. and II.

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G. Bell, 1893 - 176 pages

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Page xxix - Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such, We scarcely can praise it, or blame it too much; Who, born for the universe, narrowed his mind, And to party gave up what was meant for mankind.
Page 84 - Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
Page 2 - But commonwealths are not physical but moral essences. They are, artificial combinations ; and in their proximate efficient cause, the arbitrary productions of the human mind. We are not yet acquainted with the laws which necessarily influence the stability of that kind of work made by that kind of agent.
Page 65 - ... that all kings, as such, are usurpers ; and, for being kings, may and ought to be put to death, with their wives, families, and adherents. The commonwealth which acts uniformly upon those principles, and which, after abolishing every festival of religion, chooses the most flagrant act of a murderous regicide treason for a feast of eternal commemoration, and which forces all her people to observe it, this I call Regicide by Establishment. " Jacobinism is the revolt of the enterprising talents...
Page 66 - Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in. They give their whole form and colour to our lives. According to their quality, they aid morals, they supply them, or they totally destroy them.
Page 45 - All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.
Page 98 - Littleness in object and in means, to them appears soundness and sobriety. They think there is nothing worth pursuit, but that which they can handle; which they can measure with a two-foot rule ; which they can tell upon ten fingers.
Page 4 - A common soldier, a child, a girl at the door of an inn, have changed the face of fortune, and almost of nature.
Page 133 - Guido, with a burnt stick in his hand, demonstrating on the smooth paving-stones of the path, that the square on the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides.
Page 9 - ... a great state is too much envied, too much dreaded, to find safety in humiliation. To be secure, it must be respected. Power, and eminence, and consideration, are things not to be begged. They must be commanded : and they, who supplicate for mercy from others, can never hope for justice through themselves.

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