The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: With a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations, Volume 6 (Google eBook)

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Little, Brown, 1851 - United States
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Page 266 - Sans check, to good and bad : but when the planets, In evil mixture, to disorder wander. What plagues, and what portents! what mutiny! What raging of the sea! shaking of earth! Commotion in the winds ! frights, changes, horrors, Divert and crack, rend and deracinate The unity and married calm of states Quite from their fixture ! O, when degree is shak'd, Which is the ladder to all high designs, The enterprise is sick.
Page 265 - And posts, like the commandment of a King, Sans check, to good and bad: but when the planets In evil mixture to disorder wander, What plagues, and what portents, what mutiny, What raging of the sea. shaking of earth, Commotion in the winds, frights, changes, horrors, Divert and crack, rend and deracinate The unity and married calm of states Quite from their fixture!
Page 265 - The heavens themselves, the planets, and this centre Observe degree, priority, and place, Insisture, course, proportion, season, form, Office, and custom, in all line of order...
Page 517 - Men would be angels, angels would be gods. Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell, Aspiring to be angels, men rebel : And who but wishes to invert the laws Of Order, sins against the Eternal Cause.
Page 541 - Curse ye Meroz ; curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof ; because they came not up to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty."* My second argument is grounded on the example of Christ and his apostles.
Page 199 - If you thus behave yourselves, and so become a terror to evil doers and a praise to them that do well...
Page 168 - The instruction of the people in every kind of knowledge that can be of use to them in the practice of their moral duties as men, citizens, and Christians, and of their political and civil duties as members of society and freemen, ought to be the care of the public, and of all who have any share in the conduct of its affairs, in a manner that never yet has been practiced in any age or nation.
Page 265 - Keeps honour bright : to have done, is to hang Quite out of fashion, like a rusty mail In monumental mockery. Take the instant way ; For honour travels in a strait so narrow, Where one but goes abreast : keep then the path...
Page 266 - Strength should be lord of imbecility, And the rude son should strike his father dead : Force should be right ; or, rather, right and wrong, (Between whose endless jar justice resides,) Should lose their names, and so should justice too. Then...
Page 264 - With well-feign'd gratitude the pension'd band Refund the plunder of the beggar'd land. See ! while he builds, the gaudy vassals come, And crowd with sudden wealth the rising dome The price of boroughs and of souls restore, And raise his treasures higher than before : Now...