The British Encyclopedia, or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences; Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge

The British Encyclopedia, or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences; Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. N - R Volume N . 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1809 edition. Excerpt: ...which all can, more or less, employ their talents. $ere no effort can be altogether thrown. away; at least no effort will be prejudicial; and if to others they will be useless, their effects return to our own bosoms. 91. Ninthly, we ought to pay the strictest regard to truth both in our affirmations and promises. There are very few instances where veracity of both kinds is not evidently conducive to the public good, and falsehood in every degree pernicious. It follows, therefore, that, in cases where appearances are otherwise, the general regard to truth, which is of so much consequence to the world, ought to make us adhere inviolably to it; and that it is a most dangerous practice to falsify, as is often done, from false delicacy, or even from those motives which border upop yirtue. The harm which these things do, by creating a mutual diffidence, and tendency to deceive, is incalculable; and perhaps in no instance to be counterhalanced by the present good; effects assigned as the reason for fhejr practice., 92. Tenthly, obedience to the civil magistrate, and to the laws of the community, is a subordinate general rule of the greatest importance.--It is evidently for the public good that every member pf a state should submit to the governing power, whatever that be. Peace, order, and harmony result from this in the general; confusion and mischief of all kinds from the contrary. So that, though it may, and must be supposed, that disobedience in certain particular cases will, as far as the single act and its immediate consequences are considered, contribute more to the public good than obedience, yet as it is a dangerous example to others, and will prohably lead the person himself into other iustauces of disobedience afterwards, disobedience...show more

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  • Paperback | 482 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 853g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236571355
  • 9781236571359