Reflections on the Rise and Fall of the Ancient Republicks: Adapted to the Present State of Great Britain

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C. P. Wayne, 1806 - 335 strán (strany)
 

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Strana 261 - The several and various characters he sustained in his life and writings, habituated him to feign and dissemble his opinions. He may be considered as an orator, a statesman, a philosopher, characters all equally personated ; and no one more the real man than the other, but each of them taken up and laid down for the occasion. This appears from the numerous inconsistencies found in him throughout the course of his sustaining them.
Strana 243 - Etenim quum artifex ejusmodi sit ut solus dignus videatur esse qui in scena spectetur, turn vir ejusmodi est ut solus dignus videatur qui eo non accédât. Verumtamen, quid si, inquit, habes ejusmodi caussam ut hoc tibi planum sit faciendum...
Strana vii - To promote the publick good of the community of which we are born members, in proportion to our situation and abilities, is our secondary duty as men and citizens. I judged therefore a close attention to the study of history the most useful way of employing that time which my country recess afforded, as it would...
Strana 185 - ... which extinguishes public virtue, and puts a final period to liberty. Thus the Assyrian empire sunk under the arms of Cyrus with his poor but hardy Persians. The extensive and opulent empire of Persia fell an easy prey to Alexander and a handful of Macedonians. And the Macedonian empire, when enervated by the luxury of Asia, was compelled to receive the yoke of the victorious Romans. The descendants of the heroes, philosophers, orators, and free citizens of Greece are now the slaves of the Grand...
Strana xii - Truth will ever be unpalatable to those who are determined not to relinquish error, but can never give offence to the honest and well-meaning: for the plaindealing remonstrances of a friend differ as widely from the rancour of an enemy, as the friendly probe of a surgeon from the dagger of an assassin.
Strana 335 - ... in his researches after even the vestiges of her ruins. . . . And Rome, the mistress of the universe, which once contained whatever was esteemed great or brilliant in human nature, is now sunk into the ignoble seat of whatever is esteemed mean and infamous. . . . Should Faction again predominate and succeed in its destructive views, and the dastardly maxims of luxury and effeminacy universally prevail amongst us, .... such, too, will be the fate of Britain...
Strana 334 - Let us throw but one glance upon the present situation of these once glorious republicks, and we cannot help reflecting upon the final and direful catastrophe, which will eternally result from the prevalence of ambitious and selfish faction supported by corruption. Greece, once the nurse of arts and sciences, the fruitful mother of philosophers, lawgivers and heroes, now lies prostrate under the iron yoke of ignorance and barbarism .... Carthage, once the mighty sovereign of the ocean, and the centre...
Strana i - ... every man infamous who. in any sedition or civil dissension in the State, continued neuter or refused to side with either party.* How different the Romans who, we are somewhere told, had laws enacted to teach them how to make laws.

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