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There is no Liberty without Self-Control
Anti-Christian governments don’t make us free, they just impose their own, illiberal morality.

MEN are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites, - in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity, - in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption, - in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Fewer. Less.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Sound. Place. Chain.

Use together in one sentence: Chain. Unless. Less.

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Why England’s ‘Revolution’ was Glorious
Music: Henry Purcell
Edmund Burke argues that England’s ‘revolution’ of 1688 worked because we changed the Government, not the Constitution.

IN truth, the circumstances of our revolution (as it is called) and that of France, are just the reverse of each other in almost every particular, and in the whole spirit of the transaction.

With us it was the case of a legal monarch attempting arbitrary power — in France it is the case of an arbitrary monarch, beginning, from whatever cause, to legalize his authority.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Each. Both.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Do. Cause. Case.

Use together in one sentence: Neither. Ought. Might.

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A Pledge to the People
Music: John Marsh
Edmund Burke pleaded with Parliament to emerge from behind closed doors and reconnect with the British public.

LET the commons in parliament assembled, be one and the same thing with the commons at large. Let us identify, let us incorporate ourselves with the people. At present all is troubled and cloudy, and distracted, and full of anger and turbulence, both abroad and at home: but the air may be cleared by this storm, and light and fertility may follow it.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Right. Rite. Write.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Tax. Let. Anger.

Use together in one sentence: Crown. Indeed. But.

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The Bond of Liberty
Music: John Stanley
Britain’s ‘empire’ owed its existence not to her armies or politicians but to her merchants and her unique brand of liberty.

AS long as you have the wisdom to keep the sovereign authority of this country as the sanctuary of liberty, the sacred temple consecrated to our common faith, wherever the chosen race and sons of England worship freedom, they will turn their faces towards you. The more they multiply, the more friends you will have; the more ardently they love liberty, the more perfect will be their obedience.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Till. Until.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Feed. Spirit. Soil.

Use together in one sentence: Chosen. Until. Sacred.

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Man was not made for the Government
Music: Franz Joseph Haydn
Good government is not about enforcing uniform order, but about maximising liberty among a particular people.

LIBERTY, too, must be limited in order to be possessed. The degree of restraint it is impossible in any case to settle precisely.

But it ought to be the constant aim of every wise public council to find out by cautious experiments, and rational, cool endeavours, with how little, not how much, of this restraint the community can subsist.

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Distinguish using sentences: Conform. Confirm.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Exercise. Settle. Attempt.

Use together in one sentence: Attempt. Good. Time.

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