Elements of Moral Science, Volume 2

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A. Constable, 1817 - Ethics

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Page 76 - Municipal law, thus understood, is properly defined to be a 'rule of civil conduct prescribed by the supreme power in a state, commanding what is right and prohibiting what is wrong.
Page 326 - Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.
Page 267 - Long to my joys my dearest lord is lost, His country's buckler, and the Grecian boast : Now from my fond embrace, by tempests torn, Our other column of the state is borne ; Nor took a kind adieu, nor sought consent...
Page 325 - As a describer of life and manners, he must be allowed to stand, perhaps, the first of the first rank. His humour which, as Steele observes, is peculiar to himself, is so happily diffused as to give the grace of novelty to domestic scenes and daily occurrences. He never "outsteps the modesty of nature," nor raises merriment or wonder by the violation of truth.
Page 326 - outsteps the modesty of nature' , nor raises merriment or wonder by the violation of truth. His figures neither divert by distortion, nor amaze by aggravation. He copies life with so much fidelity, that he can...
Page 298 - Nor is it always in the most distinguished achievements that men's virtues or vices may be best discerned; but very often an action of small note, a short saying, or a jest, shall distinguish a person's real character more than the greatest sieges, or the most important battles.
Page 379 - And left her debt to Addison unpaid, Blame not her silence, Warwick, but bemoan, And judge, Oh judge, my bosom by your own. What mourner ever felt poetic fires ! Slow comes the verse that real woe inspires : Grief unaffected suits but ill with art, Or flowing numbers with a bleeding heart.
Page 384 - ... the man who could dispute, or speak fluently, would be admired as a prodigy, and might acquire among the common people what influence he pleased. It is to be observed, too, that the...
Page xxxiv - ELEMENTS of GENERAL HISTORY, Ancient and Modern. To which are added, a Table of Chronology, and a Comparative View of Ancient and Modern Geography.
Page 272 - Nor love thy life, nor hate; but what thou livest Live well; how long, or short, permit to Heaven; And now prepare thee for another sight.

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