The rights of man and the wrongs of man, a homily for the times

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Wade & Company, 1881 - 30 páginas
 

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Página 11 - Equally certain that he can experience no impression of any kind unless he is endowed with some power fitted to take in that impression; that is, a faculty. All the mental states, which he calls feelings and ideas, are affections of his consciousness, received through his faculties. There next comes the question — under what circumstances do the faculties yield those sensations of which happiness consists? The reply is — when they are exercised. It is from the activity of most of them that gratification...
Página 20 - IF you should see a flock of pigeons in a field of corn ; and if (instead of each picking where and what it liked, taking just as much as it wanted, and no more) you should see ninety-nine of them gathering all they got, into a heap ; reserving nothing for themselves, but the chaff and the refuse ; keeping this heap for one, and that the weakest, perhaps...
Página 29 - ... strifes and troubles would be endless, except they gave their common consent all to be ordered by some whom they should agree upon : without which consent there were no reason that one man should take upon him to be lord or judge over another...
Página 12 - Wherefore we arrive at the general proposition that every one (man or woman) may claim the fullest liberty to exercise his faculties compatible with the possession of like liberty by every other person.
Página 18 - The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors; this is robbery. — The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. — The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.
Página 28 - Of all injustice, that is the greatest which goes under the name of law: and of all sorts of tyranny, the forcing of the letter of the Law against the equity, is the most insupportable ".—Sir R.
Página 23 - Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging : and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Página 29 - ... of supporting it . The defects of every government and constitution both as to principle and form, must, on a parity of reasoning, be as open to discussion as the defects of a law, and it is a duty which every man owes to society to point them out. When those defects and the means of remedying them, are generally seen by a nation, that nation will reform its government or its constitution in the one case, as the government repealed or reformed the law in the other.
Página 12 - This, however, is not the right of one but of all. All are endowed with faculties. All are bound to fulfil the Divine will by exercising them. All therefore must be free to do those things in which the exercise of them consists. That is, all must have rights to liberty of action.
Página 28 - It was time, as it has been wisely and eloquently said, that legislators, instead of that narrow and dastardly coasting which never ventures to lose sight of usage and precedent, should, guided by the polarity of reason, hazard a bolder navigation, and discover, in unexplored regions, the treasure of public felicity.

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