The Works of Dugald Stewart: Account of the life and writings of Adam Smith. Account of the life and writings of William Robertson. Account of the life and writings of Thomas Reid. Tracts respecting the election of Mr. Leslie to the professorship of mathematics in the university of Edinburgh
Hilliard and Brown, 1829
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Page 16 - When we see a stroke aimed, and just ready to fall upon the leg or arm of another person, we naturally shrink and draw back our own leg or our own arm; and when it does fall, we feel it in some measure, and are hurt by it as well as the sufferer.
Page 51 - ... a theory of the general principles which ought to run through, and be the foundation of, the laws of all nations.
Page 184 - God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the word : and that there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God and government of the church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature, and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the word, which are always to be observed.
Page 60 - When he cannot establish the right, he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong; but, like Solon, when he cannot establish • the best system of laws, he will endeavour to establish the best that the people can bear.
Page 37 - Townsend, who passes for the cleverest fellow in England, is so taken with the performance, that he said to Oswald he would put the Duke of Buccleugh under the author's care, and would make it worth his while to accept of that charge.
Page 57 - It is thus that every system which endeavours, either, by extraordinary encouragements, to draw towards a particular species of industry a greater share of the capital of the society than what would naturally go to it; or, by extraordinary restraints, to force from a particular species of industry some share of the capital which would otherwise be employed in it, is in reality subversive of the great purpose which it means to promote.
Page 36 - I shall inform you of a few that have come to my knowledge. I believe I have mentioned to you already Helvetius's book de 1'Esprit. It is worth your reading, not for its philosophy, which I do not highly value, but for its agreeable composition.
Page 272 - And something previous even to taste - 'tis sense: Good sense, which only is the gift of Heaven, And, though no science, fairly worth the seven: A light, which in yourself you must perceive ; Jones and Le Notre have it not to give.