The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, Volume 6

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Little, Brown, 1901 - Great Britain

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Page 45 - In the corrupted currents of this world Offence's gilded hand may shove by justice, And oft 'tis seen the wicked prize itself Buys out the law; but 'tis not so above; There is no shuffling, there the action lies In his true nature, and we ourselves compell'd Even to the teeth and forehead of our faults To give in evidence.
Page 322 - It would be hard to point out any error more truly subversive of all the order and beauty, of all the peace and happiness, of human society, than the position, that any body of men have a right to make what laws they please ; or that laws can derive any authority from their institution merely and independent of the quality of the subject-matter. No arguments of policy, reason of state, or preservation of the constitution, can be pleaded in favour of such a practice.
Page 410 - ... title between man and man that is known in municipal or in public jurisprudence? a title, in which not arbitrary institutions, but the eternal order of things, gives judgment ; a title, which is not the creature, but the master, of positive law ; a title which, though not fixed in its term, is rooted in its principle, in the law of nature itself, and is indeed the original ground of all known property ; for all property in soil will always be traced back to that source, and will rest there.
Page 322 - I mean the will of Him who gave us our nature, and in giving impressed an invariable law upon it.
Page 60 - As fine as daubers' hands can make it, In hopes that strangers may mistake it ; We think it both a shame and sin To quit the good old Angel Inn.
Page 365 - Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference, which is, at least, half infidelity. As long as men hold charity and justice to be essential integral parts of religion, there can be little danger from a strong attachment to particular tenets in faith. This I am perfectly sure is your case ; but I am not equally sure that either zeal...
Page 178 - ... it was not because a positive law authorized what was then done, but because the freedom and safety of the subject, the origin and cause of all laws, required a proceeding paramount and superior to them. At that ever memorable and instructive period, the letter of the law was superseded in favor of the substance of liberty.
Page 345 - THE Roman Catholics of this kingdom shall enjoy such privileges in the exercise of their religion, as are consistent with the laws of Ireland : or as they did enjoy in the reign of king Charles the Second...
Page 418 - My poor opinion is, that the closest connection between Great Britain and Ireland is essential to the wellbeing, I had almost said to the very being of the two kingdoms.
Page 345 - ... as are consistent with the laws of Ireland; or as they did enjoy in the reign of King Charles the Second: and their majesties, as soon as their affairs will permit them to summon a parliament in this kingdom, will endeavour to procure the said Roman Catholics such farther security in that particular as may preserve them from any disturbance upon the account of their said religion.

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