Principium Volume I, Book 3, Quote 266, 269, 271

266. [David Hume]ATJ was aware that novel abstract concepts, safe-seeming when confined to the drawing-room or the coffee-house, nonetheless may burst suddenly and catastrophically like fire-bombs once they have been vulgarized,…

- Russell Kirk – Roots of American Order, 1974


269. Blackstone’s book tended to preserve the legacy of English law in America; as Daniel Boorstin observes, the Commentaries “deprived colonial lawyers of the dangerous temptation of making their own code.” Blackstone was a champion of ancient precedent and long-sanctioned usage; had the little-schooled American lawyers not been restrained by him, much of enduring value in the tested English rule of law might have been lost through ignorance or hasty improvisation.

- Russell Kirk – Roots of American Order, 1974


271. But it ought to be the constant aim of every wise public counsel to find out by cautious experiments, and rational, cool endeavors, with how little, not how much, of the restraint the community can subsist; for the liberty is a good to be improved, and not an evil to be lessened.

- Edmund Burke, 1729-1780

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