The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, Volume 6

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Little, Brown,, 1866 - Great Britain

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Page 426 - Poor souls, they are to be pitied, who think of nothing but dangers long passed by, and but little of the perils that actually surround them, I have been long, but it is almost a necessary consequence of dictating, and that by snatches, as a relief from pain gives me the means of expressing my sentiments. They can have little weight, as coming from me ; and I have not power enough of mind or body to bring them out with their natural force. But I do not wish to have it concealed that I am of the same...
Page 320 - 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 320 - I mean the will of Him who gave us our nature, and in giving impressed an invariable law upon it.
Page 404 - Instead of putting themselves in this odious point of light, one would think they would wish to let time draw his oblivious veil over the unpleasant modes by which lordships and demesnes have been acquired in theirs, and almost in all other countries upon earth.
Page 324 - Reason is never inconvenient but when it comes to be applied. Mere general truths interfere very little with the passions. They can, until they are roused by a troublesome application, rest in great tranquillity, side by side, with tempers and proceedings the most directly opposite to them.
Page 176 - ... 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 At that ever memorable and instructive period, the letter of the law was superseded in favor of the substance of liberty.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 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 410 - ... on the solid rock of prescription ; the soundest, the most general, and the most recognized 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...
Page 343 - 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 343 - ... 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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