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Page 112 - To state the matter shortly, the sovereign has, under a constitutional monarchy such as ours, three rights : the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, the right to warn; and a king of great sense and sagacity would want no others, — he would find that his having no others would enable him to use these with singular effect.
Page 111 - Secondly, having once given her sanction to a measure, that it be not arbitrarily altered or modified by the Minister. Such an act she must consider as failing in sincerity towards the Crown, and justly to be visited by the exercise of her constitutional right of dismissing that Minister.
Page 450 - It is supposed, that by the act of writing in verse an Author makes a formal engagement that he will gratify certain known habits of association ; that he not only thus apprises the Reader that certain classes of ideas and expressions will be found in his book, but that others will be carefully excluded.
Page 132 - It can alter bills ; it can reject bills on which the House of Commons is not yet thoroughly in earnest, upon which the nation is not yet determined. Their veto is a sort of hypothetical veto : they say, We reject your bill for this once, or these twice, or even these thrice ; but if you keep on sending it up, at last we won't reject it.
Page 255 - Beagle," as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the inhabitants of South America, and in the geological relations of the present to the past inhabitants of that continent.
Page 82 - ... small indeed. But no feeling could be more like common human nature as it is, and as it is likely to be. The women — one half the human race at least — care fifty times more for a marriage than a ministry.
Page 59 - The efficient secret of the English Constitution may be described as the close union, the nearly complete fusion, of the executive and legislative powers.
Page 582 - In every experimental science there is a tendency towards perfection. In every human being there is a wish to ameliorate his own condition. These two...
Page 441 - Of this we may at least be certain, that all ancient societies regarded themselves as having proceeded from one original stock, and even laboured under an incapacity for comprehending any reason except this for their holding together in political union. The history of political ideas begins, in fact, with the assumption that kinship in blood is the sole possible ground of community in political functions...
Page 197 - In an ordinary despotism, the powers of a despot are limited by his bodily capacity, and by the calls of pleasure; he is but one man: there are but twelve hours in his day, and he is not disposed to employ more than a small part in dull business; he keeps the rest for the court, or the harem...

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