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" Though to marry in this case is, in my opinion, clearly an immoral act, yet it is not one which society can justly take upon itself to prevent or punish ; because the punishment provided for it by the laws of nature falls directly and most severely upon... "
An Essay on the Principle of Population, as it Affects the Future ... - Page 391
by Thomas Robert Malthus - 1809
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Population and Capital: Being a Course of Lectures Delivered Before the ...

Sir George Kettilby Rickards - Capital - 1854 - 308 pages
...act, and through him only more remotely and feebly on the society. When Nature will govern and punish, it is a very miserable ambition to wish to snatch...and draw upon ourselves the odium of executioner." And in a third passage he lays down the sound maxim, that " distress is the natural punishment for...
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The Christian Remembrancer, Volume 27

Christianity - 1854 - 544 pages
...nature falls directly and most severely upon the individual who commits the act, and through him, only remotely and feebly, on the society. When nature will...and punish for us, it is a very miserable ambition Jo wish to snatch the rod from her hands, and draw upon ourselves the odium of executioner. To the...
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An Essay on the Principle of Population: Or, A View of Its Past and Present ...

Thomas Robert Malthus - Malthusianism - 1872 - 584 pages
...act, yet it is not one which society can justly take upon itself to prevent or punish ; because the punishment provided for it by the laws of nature falls directly and most severely upbn the individual who commits the act, and through him, only more remotely and feebly, on the society....
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Adam Smith: Critical Assessments, Volume 4

John Cunningham Wood - Biography & Autobiography - 1993 - 344 pages
...care of themselves without government help. "When nature will govern and punish for us," he reasoned, "it is a very miserable ambition to wish to snatch...from her hands, and draw upon ourselves the odium of the executioner." In fairness to Malthus, it should be noted that he was not going to let the lower...
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Power and Pauperism: The Workhouse System, 1834-1884

Felix Driver - History - 2004 - 236 pages
...laws, differed significantly from the 'police' of the mercantilist state." (Malthus is a case in point: 'When nature will govern and punish for us, it is...from her hands and draw upon ourselves the odium of the executioner'.12) This argument places particular emphasis on the significance of liberalism for...
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The Most Solitary of Afflictions: Madness and Society in Britain, 1700-1900

Andrew Scull - Social Science - 1993 - 470 pages
..."objective" form of compulsion'; a suprahuman law of nature. And, as Malthus was quick to point out, 'When nature will govern and punish for us, it is...from her hands and draw upon ourselves the odium of the executioner.'129 Thus the functional requirements of a market system promoted a relatively simple,...
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Population Malthus: His Life and Times

Patricia James - Demographers - 1979 - 560 pages
...act, yet it is not one which society can justly take upon itself to prevent or punish; because the punishment provided for it by the laws of nature falls...miserable ambition to wish to snatch the rod from her hand and draw upon ourselves the odium of executioner. To the punishment therefore of nature he should...
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An Essay on the Principle of Population

Thomas Robert Maltus - Social Science - 2006 - 293 pages
...act, yet it is not one which society can justly take upon itself to prevent or punish; because the punishment provided for it by the laws of nature falls...miserable ambition to wish to snatch the rod from her hand and draw upon ourselves the odium of executioner. To the punishment therefore of nature he should...
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The Popularization of Malthus in Early Nineteenth-century England: Martineau ...

James P. Huzel - History - 2006 - 294 pages
...act, yet it is not one which society can justly take upon itself to prevent or punish; because the punishment provided for it by the laws of nature falls...through him, only more remotely and feebly on the society.150 Malthus, moreover, never condoned birth control within or outside marriage. Nor did he...
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An Essay on the Principle of Population

Thomas Robert Malthus - Social Science - 2013 - 293 pages
...act, yet it is not one which society can justly take upon itself to prevent or punish; because the punishment provided for it by the laws of nature falls...miserable ambition to wish to snatch the rod from her hand and draw upon ourselves the odium of executioner. To the punishment therefore of nature he should...
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