An Essay on the First Principles of Government: And on the Nature of Political, Civil, and Religious Liberty (Google eBook)

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J. Johnson, 1771 - Church and state - 300 pages
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1768 / 214 pages / inner annexe T
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Page 13 - Hence the good and happiness of the members that is, the majority of the members of any state, is the great standard by which everything relating to that state must finally be determined...
Page 4 - Bacon observes, being power, the human powers will, in fact, be enlarged; nature, including both its materials, and its laws, will be more at our command; men will make their situation in this world abundantly more easy and comfortable; they will probably prolong their existence in it, and will grow daily more happy, each in himself, and more able (and, I believe, more disposed) to communicate happiness to others.
Page 2 - The next advantage resulting from the same principle, and which is in many respects both the cause and effect of the former, is that the human species itself is capable of a similar and unbounded improvement, whereby mankind in a later age are greatly superior to mankind in a former age, the individuals being taken at the same time of life.
Page 95 - With them all our joys are doubled, and in their affection and assiduity we find consolation under all the troubles and disquietudes of life. For the enjoyments which result from this most delightful intercourse, all mankind, in all ages, have been ready to sacrifice...
Page 41 - ... own but what general rules, which have for their object the good of the whole, give to him. To whomsoever the society delegates its power, it is delegated to them for the more easy management of public affairs and in order...
Page 92 - Have we, then, so little sense of the proper excellence of our natures, and of the views of divine providence in our formation as to catch at a poor advantage adapted to the lower nature of brutes? Rather, let us hold on in the course in which the divine being Himself has put us, by giving reason its full play, and throwing off the fetters which shortsighted and ill-judging men have hung upon it. Though, in this course, we be liable to more extravagancies than brutes, governed by blind but unerring...
Page 92 - ... of birds build their nests with the same materials, and in the same form ; the genius and disposition of one individual is that of all ; and it is only the education which men give them that raises any of them much above others. But it is the glory of human nature, that the operations of reason, though variable, and by no means infallible, are capable of infinite improvement.
Page 262 - How many inarticulate sounds precede those which are articulate. How often are we imposed upon by all our senses before we learn to form a right judgment of the proper objects of them. How often do our passions mislead us, and involve us in difficulties, before we reap the advantage they were intended to bring us in our pursuit of happiness; and how many false judgments do we make, in the investigation of all kinds of truth, before we come to a right conclusion. How many ages do errors and prejudices...
Page 140 - God, in every case in which human laws impede the use of my faculties in matters of religion. As a being capable of immortal life, (which is a thing of infinitely more consequence to me than all the political considerations of this world,) I must endeavour to render myself acceptable to God, by such dispositions and such conduct as he has required, in order to fit me for future happiness.

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