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A great emigration necessarily implies unhappiness of some kind or other in the country that is deserted.
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A writer may tell me that he thinks man will ultimately become an ostrich. I cannot properly contradict him.
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Among plants and animals are waste of seed, sickness, and premature death. Among mankind, misery and vice.
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During this season of distress, the discouragements to marriage, and the difficulty of rearing a family are so great that population is at a stand.
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Each pursues his own theory, little solicitous to correct or improve it by an attention to what is advanced by his opponents.
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Few persons will leave their families, connections, friends, and native land, to seek a settlement in untried foreign climes, without some strong subsisting causes of uneasiness where they are, or the hope of some great advantages in the place to which they are going.
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Hard as it may appear in individual cases, dependent poverty ought to be held disgraceful.
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I cannot doubt the talents of such men as Godwin and Condorcet. I am unwilling to doubt their candour.
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I do not know that any writer has supposed that on this earth man will ultimately be able to live without food.
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I have read some of the speculations on the perfectibility of man and of society with great pleasure.
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I see great, and, to my understanding, unconquerable difficulties. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see them completely removed.
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I think it will be found that experience, the true source and foundation of all knowledge, invariably confirms its truth.
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If I saw a glass of wine repeatedly presented to a man, and he took no notice of it, I should be apt to think that he was blind or uncivil.
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In a state therefore of great equality and virtue, where pure and simple manners prevailed, the increase of the human species would evidently be much greater than any increase that has been hitherto known.
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In no state that we have yet known has the power of population been left to exert itself with perfect freedom.
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It is an acknowledged truth in philosophy that a just theory will always be confirmed by experiment.
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It must be acknowledged that we are all of us too prone to err.
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No check whatever has existed to early marriages, among the lower classes, from a fear of not providing well for their families, or among the higher classes, from a fear of lowering their condition in life.
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No limits whatever are placed to the productions of the earth; they may increase forever.
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Population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself every 25 years or increases in a geometrical ratio.
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Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio.
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Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical ratio.
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Reason interrupts man's career and asks him whether he may not bring beings into the world for whom he cannot provide the means of subsistence.
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The advocate for the perfectibility of man, and of society, retorts on the defender of establishments a more than equal contempt.
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The cheapness of labour, the plenty of labourers, and the necessity of an increased industry amongst them, encourage cultivators to employ more labour upon their land, to turn up fresh soil.
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The constant effort towards population, which is found even in the most vicious societies, increases the number of people before the means of subsistence are increased.
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The farmers and capitalists are growing rich from the real cheapness of labour. Their increased capitals enable them to employ a greater number of men.
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The friend of the present order of things condemns all political speculations in the gross.
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The germs of existence contained in this spot of earth, with ample food, and ample room to expand in, would fill millions of worlds in the course of a few thousand years.
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The great and unlooked for discoveries that have taken place of late years have all concurred to lead many men into the opinion that we were touching on a period big with the most important changes.
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The great question is whether man shall start forwards with accelerated velocity towards illimitable, and hitherto unconceived improvement, or be condemned to a perpetual oscillation between happiness and misery.
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The histories of mankind are histories only of the higher classes.
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The histories of mankind that we possess are histories only of the higher classes.
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The main peculiarity which distinguishes man from other animals is the means of his support-the power which he possesses of very greatly increasing these means.
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The ordeal of virtue is to resist all temptation to evil.
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The passion between the sexes has appeared in every age to be so nearly the same, that it may always be considered, in algebraic language as a given quantity.
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The passion between the sexes is necessary and will remain nearly in its present state.
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The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man.
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The rich, by unfair combinations, contribute frequently to prolong a season of distress among the poor.
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The speculative philosopher offends against the cause of truth.
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The superior power of population cannot be checked without producing misery or vice.
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The tendency to a virtuous attachment is so strong that there is a constant effort towards an increase of population.
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Through the animal and vegetable kingdoms, nature has scattered the seeds of life abroad with the most profuse and liberal hand.
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We are now supposing the existence of a society where vice is scarcely known.
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Wherever there is liberty, the power of increase is exerted, and the superabundant effects are repressed afterwards by want of room and nourishment.
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Whether the law of marriage be instituted or not, the dictate of nature and virtue seems to be an early attachment to one woman.
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