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Página 125 - The people are the only censors of their governors; and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true, principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty.
Página 17 - No society can make a perpetual constitution, or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation : they may manage it, then, and what proceeds from it, as they please, during their usufruct.
Página 125 - The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right ; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
Página 9 - The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.
Página 17 - The constitution and the laws of their predecessors are extinguished then, in their natural course, with those whose will gave them being. This could preserve that being, till it ceased to be itself, and no longer. Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of thirty-four years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right.
Página 127 - I of these, with whom his own ways and ends did concur ? since, to descend, his heart and capacity were so large, that there was not a cunning painter, a skilful engineer, an excellent musician, or any other artificer of extraordinary fame, that made not himself known to this famous spirit, and found him his true friend without hire, and the common rendezvous of worth in his time.
Página 127 - Soldiers honoured him, and were so honoured by him, as no man thought he marched under the true banner of Mars that had not obtained Sir Philip Sidney's approbation.
Página 125 - ... a statesman is the creature of his age, the child of circumstances, the creation of his times. A statesman is essentially a practical character ; and when he is called upon to take office, he is not to inquire what his opinions might or might not have been upon this or that subject — he is only to ascertain the needful, and the beneficial, and the most feasible manner in which affairs are to be carried on.
Página 17 - ... please, during their usufruct. They are masters too of their own persons, and consequently may govern them as they please. But persons and property make the sum of the objects of government. The constitution and the laws of their predecessors extinguished them, in their natural course, with those whose will gave them being.
Página 120 - COLOUR IN NATURE AND ART — REAL AND IDEAL BEAUTY — SCULPTURE — ETHNOLOGY OF EUROPE— UTOPIAS— OUR INDIAN EMPIRE— THE NATIONAL LIFE OF CHINA — AN IDEAL ART-CONGRESS — BATTLE OF THE STYLES — GENIUS AND LIBERTY— YOUTH AND SUMMER— RECORDS OF THE PAST : NINEVEH AND BABYLON — INDIA : ITS CASTES AND CREEDS — '* CHRISTOPHER NORTH : " IS MEMORIAM. In 1 VOl. 8vO, 12s. NORMAN SINCLAIR. Fiction. By WE AYTOUN, DCL, Author of 'Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers,

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