A Defense of M. de La Bruyere, and of His Book, Intitl'd, the Characters or Manners of the Present Age, &C

A Defense of M. de La Bruyere, and of His Book, Intitl'd, the Characters or Manners of the Present Age, &C

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1713 edition. Excerpt: ...Is a private Interest to be consider'd, when the Publick is in question? 'Tis some comfort for the People, when they sind themselves press'd a little, to know 'tis for the Service of their Prince, or to enrich him alone, that they put themselves to some inconveniency j 'tis not to Ergafiut they think themselves oblig'd for having got a vast Estate. War pleads Antiquity from all Ages; has always siU'd the World with Widows and Orphans, drain'd Families of Heirs j and destroy'd several Brothers in the fame Battel. Young Soyecour! How do I mourn thy loss, thy Virtue and Modesty, 1 thy Wit just ripe, sagacious, lofty and conversible! I I bewail that untimely Death, which transported thee to thy magnanimous Brother, and snatch'd thee from a Court, where thou hadst only time to shew thy self: Misfortune, too deplorable, and yet common! Men, in all Ages, for more or less of a little spot of Earth, have agreed to destroy, burn, and murder one another; which, toaccomiliih with the greater certainty and ingenuity, they have invented: exquisite Rules of Destruction, which they call the I Art of War; the practice of which they reward with Glory and the most listing Honour, and every Age improves in the Method or mutual Destruction. The Injustice of the sirst Men made Soldiers necessary to the establishment of their Right and Pretensions; j and doubtless was the only source of War: for could they have been content with their own, and not violated the Rights of their Neighbours, the O World it tp4 The Characters, or World would have enjoy'd an uninterrupted Peace J and Liberty. They who sit peaceably by their own Fires, in the midst of their Friends, and enjoy the Goods of Fortune in the midst of a capital City, where there is no danger of their Lives or...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236611918
  • 9781236611918