Thoughts on the Present Discontents, and Speeches, etc.

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Author: Edmund Burke
Published: 1886
Language: English
Wordcount: 47,960 / 144 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48
LoC Category: J
Downloads: 436
Added to site: 2007.05.08
mnybks.net#: 16836
Genre: Politics
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, ni du caprice des peuples. Rien ne revolte les grands d'un royaume comme un Gouvernoment foible et derange. Pour la populace, ce n'est jamais par envie d'attaquer qu'elle se souleve, mais par impatience de souffrir." These are the words of a great man, of a Minister of State, and a zealous assertor of Monarchy. They are applied to the system of favouritism which was adopted by Henry the Third of France, and to the dreadful consequences it produced. What he says of revolutions is equally true of all great disturbances. If this presumption in favour of the subjects against the trustees of power be not the more probable, I am sure it is the more comfortable speculation, because it is more easy to change an Administration than to reform a people.

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Upon a supposition, therefore, that, in the opening of the cause, the presumptions stand equally balanced between the parties, there seems sufficient ground to entitle any person to a fair hearing who attempts some other scheme besides that easy

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