The establishment of the same rule
for the appointment of taxes, will probably be as little contested; though the rule
itself in this case, is by no means founded on the same principle.
The wind rules
the aspects of the sky and the action of the sea.
To these encroachments, time and ignorance, the two great supporters of imposture, gave authority; and thus many rules
for good writing have been established, which have not the least foundation in truth or nature; and which commonly serve for no other purpose than to curb and restrain genius, in the same manner as it would have restrained the dancing-master, had the many excellent treatises on that art laid it down as an essential rule
that every man must dance in chains.
He who obtains sovereignty by the assistance of the nobles maintains himself with more difficulty than he who comes to it by the aid of the people, because the former finds himself with many around him who consider themselves his equals, and because of this he can neither rule
nor manage them to his liking.
The consequence clearly is that there can be no common measure of national wealth, and, of course, no general or stationary rule
by which the ability of a state to pay taxes can be determined.
And in the Country of the Munchkins, over at the East, everything is blue; and in the South country of the Quadlings everything is red; and in the West country of the Winkies, where the Tin Woodman rules
, everything is yellow.
Of course, according to your lights, to your formula of the rule
of the strong--"
But I assure you, my good people, that I do not wish to rule
the Emerald City," he added, earnestly.
He entered upon each system with a little thrill of excitement, expecting to find in each some guide by which he could rule
his conduct; he felt himself like a traveller in unknown countries and as he pushed forward the enterprise fascinated him; he read emotionally, as other men read pure literature, and his heart leaped as he discovered in noble words what himself had obscurely felt.
Then he said, "The Winkies were very kind to me, and wanted me to rule
over them after the Wicked Witch died.
Thus his ideal city is, as he says, a pattern laid up in heaven by which the just man may rule
his life, a pattern therefore in the meantime for the individual and not for the statesman.
Kolreuter makes the rule
universal; but then he cuts the knot, for in ten cases in which he found two forms, considered by most authors as distinct species, quite fertile together, he unhesitatingly ranks them as varieties.