The Life of Society: A General View

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G.P. Putnam's sons, 1885 - Sociology - 270 pages
 

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Page 118 - And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, and houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not...
Page 12 - Plurality of Causes exists in almost boundless excess, and effects are, for the most part, inextricably interwoven with one another. To add to the embarrassment, most of the inquiries in political science relate to the production of effects of a most comprehensive description, such as the public wealth, public security, public morality and the like: results liable to be affected directly or indirectly either in plus or in minus by nearly every fact which exists, or event which occurs in human society.
Page 73 - While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease.
Page 44 - Of all the vulgar modes of escaping from the consideration of the effect of social and moral influences in the human mind, the most vulgar is that of attributing the diversities of conduct and character to inherent natural differences.
Page 76 - I have before mentioned, the ruling aristocracies tended to become religious rather than military or political, and gained, therefore, rather than lost in power; while in some instances the physical conformation of Asiatic countries had the effect of making individual communities larger and more numerous than in the West ; and it is a known social law that the larger the space over which a particular set ^ of institutions is diffused, the greater is its tenacity and vitality.
Page 122 - blessed is the man whose delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Page 197 - Divided into tribes wandering over a wide area, these savages have, notwithstanding their antagonisms, a complex system of relationships, and consequent interdicts on marriage, which could not possibly have been framed by any agreement among them as they now exist; but which are comprehensible as having survived from a state in which these tribes were more closely united, and subordinate to some common rule. Such, also, is the implication of the circumcision, and the knocking out of teeth, which...
Page 130 - Solon being asked if the laws he had given to the Athenians were the best, he replied, " I have given them the best they were able to bear...
Page 197 - After giving an instance from West Africa, he continues : — • In South-East Africa, also, a comparatively high barbaric culture, which we especially associate with the old descriptions of the kingdom of Monomotapa, seems to have fallen away, and the remarkable ruins of buildings of hewn stone fitted without mortar indicate a former civilisation above that of the native population.
Page 182 - Again, e converse, whatever may be said of evil turning into good, the general tendency of evil is towards further evil. Bodily illness renders the body more susceptible of disease; it produces incapacity of exertion, sometimes debility of mind, and often the loss of means of subsistence. All severe pain, either bodily or mental, tends to increase the susceptibilities of pain for ever after. Poverty is the parent of a thousand mental and moral evils. What is still worse, to be injured or oppressed,...

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