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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
  Those civil constitutions which promote industry are such as facilitate the acquisition, secure the holding, enable the fixing, and suffer the alienation of property. Every law which obstructs it in any part of this distribution is, in proportion to the force and extent of the obstruction, a discouragement to industry. For a law against property is a law against industry,—the latter having always the former, and nothing else, for its object.
Edmund Burke: Tract on the Popery Laws.    
  The desire of acquisition is always a passion of long views. Contine a man to momentary possession, and you at once cut off that laudable avarice which every wise state has cherished as one of the first principles of its greatness. Allow a man but a temporary possession, lay it down as a maxim that he never can have any other, and you immediately and infallibly turn him to temporary enjoyments: and these enjoyments are never the pleasures of labour and free industry, whose quality it is to famish the present hours and squander all upon prospect and futurity; they are, on the contrary, those of a thoughtless, loitering, and dissipated life.
Edmund Burke: Tract on the Popery Laws.    
  If prescription be once shaken, no species of property is secure when it once becomes an object large enough to tempt the cupidity of indigent power.
Edmund Burke.    
  It is not necessary for me in this place to go through the arguments which prove beyond dispute that on the security of property civilization depends; that where property is insecure no climate however delicious, no soil however fertile, no conveniences for trade and navigation, no natural endowments of body or of mind, can prevent a nation from sinking into barbarism; that where, on the other hand, men are protected in the enjoyment of what has been created by their industry and laid up by their self-denial, society will advance in arts and in wealth notwithstanding the sterility of the earth and the inclemency of the air, notwithstanding heavy taxes and destructive wars.
Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay: Speech on the People’s Charter, May 3, 1842.    
  Property communicates a charm to whatever is the object of it. It is the first of our abstract ideas: it cleaves to us the closest and the longest. It endears to the child its plaything, to the peasant his cottage, to the landholder his estate. It supplies the place of prospect and scenery. Instead of coveting the beauty of distant situations, it teaches every man to find it in his own. It gives boldness and grandeur to plains and fens, tinge and colouring to clays and fallows.
William Paley.    
  Is not the separate property of a thing the great cause of its endearment amongst all mankind?
Robert South.    
  Each man has but a limited right to the good things of the world; and the natural allowed way by which he is to compass the possession of these things is by his own industrious acquisition of them.
Robert South.    
  Although the advantages one man possesseth more than another may be called his property with respect to other men, yet with respect to God they are only a trust.
Jonathan Swift.    

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