Vindiciae Gallicae: Defence of the French Revolution and Its English Admirers Against the Accusations of the Right Hon. Edmund Burke; Including Some Strictures on the Late Production of Mons. de Calonne, Tema 1

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G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1792 - 381 páginas
 

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Página 121 - It is vain for the arrogance of learning to condemn the people to ignorance by reprobating superficial knowledge. The people cannot be profound ; but the truths which regulate the moral and political relations of man, are at no great distance from the surface. The great works in which discoveries are contained cannot be read by the people ; but their substance passes through a variety of minute and circuitous channels to the shop and the hamlet.
Página 308 - Buchanan ; and he, too, seems to have been the first scholar who caught from the ancients the noble flame of republican enthusiasm. This praise is merited by his neglected, though incomparable tract, De jure Regni, in which the principles of popular politics, and the maxims of a free government, are delivered with a precision, and enforced with an energy, -which no former age had equalled, and no succeeding has surpassed.
Página 225 - For he who freely magnifies what hath been nobly done, and fears not to declare as freely what might be done better, gives ye the best covenant of his fidelity; and that his loyalest affection and his hope waits on your proceedings.
Página 107 - Assembly seized the moment of eradicating the corruptions and abuses which afflicted their country. Their reform was total, that it might be commensurate with the evil : and no part of it was delayed, because to spare an abuse at such a period was to consecrate it...
Página 113 - Governments that now exist in the world (except the United States of America} have been fortuitously formed. They are the produce of chance, not the work of art. They have been altered, impaired, improved, and destroyed, by accidental circumstances, beyond the foresight or controul of wisdom. Their parts, thrown up against present emergencies, formed no systematic whole.
Página 172 - ... inconceivable. Surely those to whom he addresses himself know the causes of it but too well. They know the doctrines which they have preached, the decrees which they have passed, the practices which they have countenanced. The soldiers remember the 6th of October.
Página 108 - Government less imperfect, than accident had formed in other States ?—Who will be hardy enough to assert, that a better Constitution is not attainable than any which has hitherto appeared ? Is the limit of human wisdom to be estimated in the science of politics alone, by the extent of its present attainments...
Página 105 - ... succeeds.* The gradual reform that arises from the presiding principle exhibited in the specious theory of Mr. Burke, is belied by the experience of all ages. Whatever excellence, whatever freedom is discoverable in governments, has been infused into them by the shock of a revolution ; and their subsequent progress has been only the accumulation of abuse.
Página 192 - ... of one day's excefles committed by a delirious populace. He might thus, perhaps, oppofe fpecious and popular topics to the declamation of Mr. Burke. But the fubject itfelf is, to an enlarged thinker, fertile in reflections of a different nature. That fyftem of manners which arofe among the Gothic nations of Europe, of which chivalry was more properly the effufion than the fource, is, without doubt, one of the moft peculiar and interefting appsarances in human affairs.
Página 66 - ... the mass of mankind. The power of the wealthy is farther concentrated by their tendency to combination, from which, number, dispersion, indigence, and ignorance equally preclude the poor. The wealthy are formed into bodies by their professions, their different degrees of opulence (called ' ranks'), their knowledge, and their small number.

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