Reflections on the Revolution in France: And on the Proceedings in Certain Societies in London Relative to that Event. In a Letter Intended to Have Been Sent to a Gentleman in Paris (Google eBook)

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J. Dodsley, 1790 - France - 356 pages
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I finally got tired of writing "Obama" in the margins. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Bruce - Goodreads

In this masterful argument, written in 1790 to a (hypothetical?) French correspondent during the years of the French Revolution, Edmund Burke emphasizes the need for continuity and precedent, not ... Read full review

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I don't really know how to rate this. This guy strikes me as so far behind the curve of history that it's hard to take too seriously in 2014 (though I gather he is still taken seriously). He has no ... Read full review

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Page 48 - Our political system is placed in a just correspondence and symmetry with the order of the world, and with the mode of existence decreed to a permanent body composed of transitory parts; wherein by the disposition of a stupendous wisdom, moulding together the great mysterious incorporation of the human race...
Page 48 - The institutions of policy, the goods of fortune, the gifts of Providence, are handed down to us, and from us in the same course and order. Our political system is placed in a just correspondence and symmetry with the order of the world, and with the mode of existence decreed to a permanent body composed of transitory, parts...
Page 57 - ... precarious, tottering power, the discredited paper securities of impoverished fraud, and beggared rapine, held out as a currency for the support of...
Page 69 - To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the series by which we proceed towards a love to our country, and to mankind.
Page 87 - If civil society be made for the advantage of man, all the advantages for which it is made become his right. It is an institution of beneficence ; and law itself is only beneficence acting by a rule.
Page 133 - Who, born within the last forty years, has read one word of Collins, and Toland, and Tindal, and Chubb, and Morgan, and that whole race who called themselves Freethinkers? Who now reads Bolingbroke? Who ever read him through?
Page 143 - ... approach to the faults of the state as to the wounds of a father, with pious awe and trembling solicitude.
Page 88 - ... civil society be the offspring of convention, that convention must be its law. That convention must limit and modify all the descriptions of constitution which are formed under it. Every sort of legislative, judicial, or executory power are its creatures.
Page 49 - By this means our liberty becomes a noble freedom. It carries an imposing and majestic aspect. It has a pedigree and illustrating ancestors. It has its bearings and its ensigns armorial. It has its gallery of portraits ; its monumental inscriptions ; its records, evidences, and titles.
Page 115 - I may use the expression, in persons ; so as to create in us love, veneration, admiration, or attachment. But that sort of reason which banishes the affections is incapable of filling their place. These public affections, combined with manners, are required sometimes as supplements, sometimes as correctives, always as aids to law.

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