Reflections on the Revolution in France, Volumes 1-2

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J. Sharpe, 1821 - France
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Burke was afraid (and I think it was very much the work of fear) that the old would be rejected for being old; his solution was to lionize the prejudiced for being prejudiced. [There is a certain ... Read full review

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Page 125 - partnership in things subservient only to the gross ' animal existence of a temporary and perishable nature : it is a partnership in all science ; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those
Page 28 - That king James the Second, having endeavoured to subvert the constitution of the kingdom, by breaking the original contract between king and people, and, by the advice of Jesuits and other wicked persons, having violated the fundamental laws, and having withdrawn himself all this guard, and all this accumulation of circumstances, serves to show the spirit of
Page 125 - the state ought not to be considered as nothing better than a partnership agreement in a trade of pepper and coffee, calico or tobacco, or some other such low concern, to be taken up for a little temporary interest, and to be dissolved by the fancy of the parties. It is to be looked on with other reverence;
Page 126 - the higher natures, connecting the visible and invisible world, according to a fixed compact sanctioned by the inviolable oath which holds all physical and all moral natures, each in their appointed place. This law is not subject to the will of those,
Page 30 - limitation of the crown, and better securing the rights and liberties of the subject, they provided, " that no pardon under the great seal of England should be. pleadable to an impeachment by the commons in parliament.
Page 96 - little did I dream that I should have lived to see such disasters fallen upon her in a nation of gallant men, in a nation of men of honour and of cavaliers. I thought ten thousand swords
Page 116 - amongst us. This disposition still remains, at least in the great body of the people. • " We know, and, what is better, we feel inwardly, that religion is the basis of civil society, and the source of all good and of all comfort.* In England we are so convinced of this, that there is no rust • Sit igitur hoc
Page 73 - have a right to live by that rule; they have a right to justice; as between their fellows, whether their fellows are in politic function or in ordinary occupation. They have a right to the fruits of their industry, and to the means of making their industry fruitful. They have
Page 98 - and without distinct views, is to be regarded as romance and folly. Regicide, and parricide, and sacrilege, are but fictions of superstition, corrupting jurisprudence by destroying its simplicity. The murder of a king, or a queen, or a bishop, or a father, are only common homicide; and if the people are by any chance,
Page 162 - of their minds. They must respect that property of which they cannot partake. They must labour to obtain what by labour can be obtained; and when they find, as they commonly do, the success disproportioned to the endeavour, they must be taught their consolation in the final proportions of eternal justice. Of this consolation, whoever

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