The Works of Dugald Stewart: Account of the life and writings of Adam Smith. Account of the life and writings of William Robertson. Account of the life and writings of Thomas Reid. Tracts respecting the election of Mr. Leslie to the professorship of mathematics in the university of Edinburgh
Hilliard and Brown, 1829
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Page 64 - Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice ; all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.
Page 16 - When we see a stroke aimed and just ready to fall upon the leg or arm of another person, we naturally shrink and draw back our own leg or our own arm...
Page 60 - When he cannot establish the right, he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong; but, like Solon, when he cannot establish • the best system of laws, he will endeavour to establish the best that the people can bear.
Page 236 - T is evident, that all the sciences have a relation, greater or less, to human nature, and that, however wide any of them may seem to run from it, they still return back by one passage or another.
Page 232 - The intense view of these manifold contradictions and imperfections in human reason has so wrought upon me, and heated my brain, that I am ready to reject all belief and reasoning, and can look upon no opinion even as more probable or likely than another.
Page 57 - It is thus that every system which endeavours, either, by extraordinary encouragements, to draw towards a particular species of industry a greater share of the capital of the society than what would naturally go to it; or, by extraordinary restraints, to force from a particular species of industry some share of the capital which would otherwise be employed in it, is in reality subversive of the great purpose which it means to promote.
Page 36 - I shall inform you of a few that have come to my knowledge. I believe I have mentioned to you already Helvetius's book de 1'Esprit. It is worth your reading, not for its philosophy, which I do not highly value, but for its agreeable composition.
Page 59 - So unfortunate," says he, in one passage, " are the effects of all the regulations of the mercantile system, that they not only introduce very dangerous disorders into the state of the body politic, but disorders which it is often difficult to remedy, without occasioning, for a time at least, still greater disorders. — In what manner, therefore, the natural system of perfect liberty and justice ought gradually to be restored, we must leave to the wisdom of future statesmen and legislators to determine...