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Страница 160 - This opinion, which, perhaps, prevails as far as human nature is diffused, could become universal only by its truth: those, that never heard of one another, would not have agreed in a tale which nothing but experience can make credible. That it is doubted by single...
Страница 254 - The true state of every nation is the state of common life. The manners of a people are not to be found in the schools of learning, or the palaces of greatness, where the national character is obscured or obliterated by travel or instruction, by philosophy or vanity; nor is public happiness to be estimated by the assemblies of the gay, or the banquets of the rich.
Страница 254 - The true ftatc of every nation is the ftate of common life. The manners of a people are not to be found in the fchools of learning, or the palaces of greatnefs, where the national character is obfcured or obliterated by travel or inftruction, by philofophy or vanity ; nor is public happinefs to be eftimated by theaflemblies of the gay, or the banquets of the rich.
Страница 135 - Stand now with " thine inchantments, and with the multitude " of thy forceries, wherein thou haft labour" ed from thy youth ; if fo be thou fhalt be " able to profit, if fo be thou mayeft prevail. " Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy *' counfels : let now the aflrologers, the ftar...
Страница 19 - ... that nothing beneficial to mankind can be the result. * If such principles were made the rule of human conduct, the effects would be exceedingly pernicious ; but fortunately this consequence is not to be apprehended ; for however...
Страница 231 - ... of motives tending to one point that in no one inftant of a man's life, could he be fuppofed capable of a courfe of action different from that which he has already adopted.
Страница 14 - ... to his companion, I make no doubt but that old woman is happier than either you or I. Mr, Gibbon, however, fagacioufly enough obferves, " The Prince and the philofopher might anfwer for themfelves, but I, for my part, do not envy the happinefs of the old woman.
Страница 17 - ... and it is nothing lefs than confummate abfurdity to obtrude upon men groundlefs reafonings, which none but fools will believe. Ought we not rather to paint the good and evil of life...
Страница 16 - This fatisfies their defires and precludes every inclination of a more rational and refined nature. A felicity however, of this kind, proceeding not from...

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