Protean Papers

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G.P. Putnam's sons, 1903 - 197 Seiten

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Seite 173 - I purpose that which is extraordinary, and to leave myself and successors no power of doing mischief, that the will of one man may not hinder the good of a whole country...
Seite 178 - I know what is said by the several admirers of monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy, which are the rule of one, a few, and many, and are the three common ideas of government when men discourse on the subject.
Seite 178 - Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them ; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments.
Seite 178 - I choose to solve the controversy with this small distinction, and it belongs to all three : any government is free to the people under it, whatever be the frame, where the laws rule and the people are a party to those laws ; and more than this is tyranny, oligarchy or confusion.
Seite 173 - ... you shall be governed by laws of your own making, and live a free, and, if you will, a sober and industrious people. I shall not usurp the right of any, or oppress his person.
Seite 178 - Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad; if it be ill, they will cure it. But, if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn.
Seite 178 - But lastly, when all is said, there is hardly one frame of government in the world so ill designed by its first founders, that, in good hands, would not do well enough; and story tells us, the best, in ill ones, can do nothing that is great or good ; witness the Jewish and Roman states.
Seite 169 - That all persons living in this province who confess and acknowledge the one almighty and eternal God to be the creator, upholder, and ruler of the world...
Seite 178 - But, lastly, when all is sald, there is hardly one frame of government in the world so ill designed by its first founders, that in good hands would not do well enough ; and story tells us, that the best in ill ones can do nothing that is great and good ; witness the Jewish and Roman states.
Seite 175 - Rivers, paying me 2J per cent, acknowledgment or rent ; but as the Lord gave it me over all and great opposition, and that I never had my mind so exercised to the Lord about any outward substance, I would not abuse His .love, nor act unworthy of His providence, and so defile what came to me clean.

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