Memoirs of the life of ... sir James Mackintosh [extr. from letters and journals] ed. by R.J. Mackintosh, Volume 1

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Page 404 - Blessings be with them — and eternal praise, Who gave us nobler loves, and nobler cares—- The Poets, who on earth have made us heirs Of truth and pure delight by heavenly lays ! Oh ! might my name be numbered among theirs, Then gladly would I end my mortal days.
Page 116 - More than three thousand years have elapsed since the composition of the Pentateuch ; and let any man, if he is able, tell me in what important respects the rule of life has varied since that distant period. Let the Institutes of Menu be explored with the same view; we shall arrive at the same conclusion. Let the books of false religion be opened; it will be found that their moral system is, in all its grand features, the same.
Page 181 - In the court where we are now met, Cromwell twice sent a satirist on his tyranny to be convicted and punished as a libeller ; and in this court, almost in sight of the scaffold streaming with the blood of his sovereign, within hearing of the clash of his bayonets which drove out...
Page 335 - If God were not a necessary Being, he might almost seem to be made for the use and benefit of men.
Page 317 - Every where natural, he carried into public something of that simple and negligent exterior which belonged to him in private. When he began to speak, a common observer might have thought him...
Page 151 - Father, who wouldest not the death of a sinner but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live...
Page 13 - Bacon, than any person of modern times ; and that if he had devoted his powerful understanding to metaphysics, instead of law and politics, he would have thrown an unusual light upon that intricate but valuable region of inquiry. Such was the cordial, reciprocal testimony of. these two distinguished men. And, in many respects — latterly, I hope and believe, in all the most essential — it might be truly said of both, " as face answereth to face in a glass, so does the " heart of a man to his friend.
Page 58 - Burke, is equally pure and delicate with his taste in literature. His mind is so comprehensive that generalities cease to be barren ; and so vigorous that detail itself becomes interesting. He introduces every question with perspicuity, states it with precision, and pursues it with easy unaffected method. Sometimes, perhaps, he may amuse his readers with excursions into paradox, but he never bewilders them by flights into romance. His philosophy is far more just and far more amiable than the philosophy...
Page 249 - Perhaps, my good friend, you have fallen into this error of superior natures. From this error has, I think, arisen that calamity with which it has pleased Providence to visit you, which to a mind less fortified by reason and religion...
Page 181 - One asylum of free discussion is still inviolate. There is still one spot in Europe where man can freely exercise his reason on the most important concerns of society, where he can boldly publish his judgment on the acts of the proudest and most powerful tyrants.

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