A Free Inquiry Into the Nature and Origin of Evil: In Six Letters to -

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R. and J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall, 1758 - Good and evil - 195 pages
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Page 4 - Here will I hold. If there's a power above us — And that there is, all nature cries aloud Through all her works — He must delight in virtue; And that which He delights in must be happy.
Page 5 - No one has done more towards the recalling of philosophy from barbarity into use and practice of the world, and into the company of the better and politer sort, who might well be ashamed of it in its other dress. No one has opened a better or clearer way to reasoning.
Page 38 - Who for thy table feeds the wanton fawn, For him as kindly spread the flowery lawn : Is it for thee the lark ascends and sings ? Joy tunes his voice, joy elevates his wings.
Page 34 - It is a cordial administered by the gracious hand of Providence ; of which they ought never to be deprived by an ill-judged and improper education.
Page 33 - Ignorance, or the want of knowledge and literature, the appointed lot of all born to poverty, and the drudgeries of life, is the only opiate capable of infusing that insensibility which can enable them to endure the miseries of the one and the fatigues of the other.
Page 30 - S 3 enjoying enjoying happinefs themfelves, and contributing to that of others, they muft necefiarily be filled with inferior Beings, that is, with fuch as are lefs perfect, but from whofe exiftence, notwithftanding that lefs perfection, more felicity upon the whole accrues to the Univerfe, than if no fuch had been created. It is moreover highly probable, that there is fuch a...
Page 36 - ... chain can be broke, the fame reafon for difquiet muft remain to thofe who fucceed to that chafm, which muft be occafioned by our preferment. A man can have no reafon to repine, that he is not an angel, nor a horfe that he is not a man ; much lefs, that in their feveral ftations they pofTefs not the faculties of another; for this would be an infufferable misfortune.
Page 184 - ... interests; and if connected, it 'must inevitably be perverted by them. Whenever temporal 'advantages are annexed to any religious profession, they will 'be sure to call in all those who have no religion at all: knaves 'will embrace it for the sake of interest; fools will follow them 'for the sake of fashion ; and when once it is in such hands, 'Omnipotence itself can never preserve its purity. That very 'order of men, who are maintained to...
Page 38 - Has God, thou fool ! work'd folely for thy good, Thy joy, thy paftime, thy attire, thy food ? Who for thy table feeds the wanton fawn, for him as kindly fpread the flow'ry lawn.

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