Letters on the Spirit of Patriotism: On the Idea of a Patriot King

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Page 92 - Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man : without liberty no happiness can be enjoyed by society.
Page 152 - ... to her friends and terror to her enemies abroad. There were cabals at her court and intrigues among her ministers.
Page 57 - It follows, therefore, that he who breaks the laws of his country resists the ordinance of God ; that is, the law of his nature.
Page xxvi - Thou wert my guide, philosopher, and friend? That urg'd by thee, I turn'd the tuneful art From sounds to things, from fancy to the heart...
Page 93 - ... obedience; or as one system, composed of different parts and powers, but all duly proportioned to one another, and conspiring by their harmony to the perfection of the whole. He will make one, and but one...
Page 26 - If this be so, if Cato may be censured, severely indeed, but justly, for abandoning the cause of liberty, which he would not, however, survive; what shall we say of those who embrace it faintly, pursue it irresolutely, grow tired of it when they have much to hope, and give it up when they have nothing to fear?
Page 169 - Latins, that ttftrtov of the Greeks, which can never be reflected on any character that is not laid in virtue: but for want of which, a character that is so laid will lose, at all times, part of the lustre belonging to it, and may be sometimes not a little misunderstood and undervalued.
Page 182 - ... grace, this propriety of manners to character, is so essential to princes in particular, that whenever it is neglected their virtues lose a great degree of lustre, and their defects acquire much aggravation. Nay more; by neglecting this decency and this grace, and for want of a sufficient regard to appearances, even their virtues may betray them into failings, their failings into vices, and their vices into habits unworthy of princes and unworthy of men.
Page 121 - ... instead of putting himself at the head of one party in order to govern his people, he will put himself at the head of his people in order to govern, or more properly to subdue, all parties.
Page 94 - I say remote ; for in hereditary monarchies, where men are not elected, families are : and therefore some authors would have it believed, that when a family has been once admitted, and an hereditary right to the crown recognized in it, that right cannot be forfeited, nor that throne become vacant, as long as any heir of the family remains.

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