Religion in History and in Modern Life: Together With an Essay on the Church and the Working Classes (Classic Reprint)by A. M. Fairbairn
"Nevertheless it is open lo serious question, which I leave to the reader's pondering, whether, among national manufactures, that of souls of a good quality may not at last turn out a quite leadingly lucrative one ? Nay, in some far-away and yet
Excerpt from Religion in History and in Modern Life: Together With an Essay on the Church and the Working Classes
"Nevertheless it is open lo serious question, which I leave to the reader's pondering, whether, among national manufactures, that of souls of a good quality may not at last turn out a quite leadingly lucrative one ? Nay, in some far-away and yet undreamt-of hour, I can even imagine that England may cast all thoughts of possessing wealth back lo the barbaric nations among whom they first arose; and that, while the sands of the Indus and adamant of Golconda my yet stiffen the housings of the charger, and flash from the turban of the slave, she, as a Christian mother, may at last attain to the virtues and the treasures of a heathen one, and be able to lead forth her sons, saying: These are my jewels.'" - Rusk in, "Unto this Last," ii.
"The people are the most important element [in a country]; the spirits of the land and grain are the next ; the ruler is the lightest.
"Therefore, to gain the peasantry is the way to become the son of Heaven ; to gain the son of Heaven is the way to become the prince of a stale ; to gain the prince of a slate is the way to become a great officer." - "Mencius," Book vii., Part ii., Chapter xiv.
"It was the lesson of our great ancestor: -
The people should be cherished,
And not looked down upon.
The people are the root of a country;
The root firm, the country is tranquil.
Should dissatisfaction be waited for till it appears?
Before it is seen, it should be guarded against.
In my dealings with the millions of the people,
I should feel as much anxiety as if I were driving six horses with rotten reins." The Shû King, Part i., Book iii.
"Nothing is more becoming to him who governs than to despise no man and not show arrogance, but to preside over all with equal care." - Epictetus, "Encheiridion," cxxxii.
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