The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Volume 7

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C. and J. Rivington, 1815 - Great Britain

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Page 395 - Whenever it happens that a man can claim nothing according tq to the rules of commerce, and the principles of justice, he passes out of that department, and comes within the jurisdiction of mercy.
Page 389 - ... the benign and wise disposer of all things, who obliges men, whether they will or not, in pursuing their own selfish interests, to connect the general good with their own individual success.
Page 18 - The present revolution in France seems to me to be quite of another character and description ; and to bear little resemblance or analogy to any of those which have been brought about in Europe, upon principles merely political. It is a revolution of doctrine and theoretic dogma. It has a much greater resemblance to those changes which have been made upon religious grounds in which a spirit of proselytism makes an essential part.
Page 387 - But in the case of the farmer and the labourer, their interests are always the same, and it is absolutely impossible that their free contracts can be onerous to either party. It is the interest of the farmer, that his work should be done with effect and celerity ; and that cannot be, unless the labourer is well fed, and otherwise found with such necessaries of animal life, according to his habitudes, as may keep the body in full force, and the mind gay and cheerful.
Page 420 - I had my chalk to draw any line, was this ; that the state ought to confine itself to what regards the state, or the creatures of the state, namely, the exterior establishment of its religion ; its magistracy; its revenue ; its military force by sea and land ; the corporations that owe their existence to its fiat ; in a word, to every thing that is truly and properly public, to the public peace, to the public safety, to the public order, to the public prosperity.
Page 417 - As to what is said, in a physical and moral view, against the home consumption of spirits, experience has long since taught me very little to respect the declamations on that subject — Whether the thunder of the laws, or the thunder of eloquence, " is hurled on gin
Page 380 - To provide for us in our necessities is not in the power of government. It would be a vain presumption in statesmen to think they can do it. The people maintain them, and not they the people. It is the power of government to prevent much evil ; it can do very little positive good in this, or perhaps in any thing else.
Page 201 - It is a great improver of the understanding, by showing both men and affairs in a great variety of views. From this source much political wisdom may be learned, — that is, may be learned as habit, not as precept, — and as an exercise to strengthen the mind, as furnishing materials to enlarge and enrich it, not as a repertory of eases aud precedents for a lawyer...
Page 89 - If a great change is to be made in human affairs, the minds of men will be fitted to it; the general opinions and feelings will draw that way. Every fear, every hope will forward it...
Page 207 - The authority of the Prince of Orange had doubtless an influence on the deliberations of the States-General, but it did not lead them to the commission of an act of injustice; for, when a people from good reasons take up arms against an oppressor, it is but an act of justice and generosity to assist brave men in the defence of their liberties.

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