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" Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert. "
Of Revelation and Revolution, Volume 2: The Dialectics of Modernity on a ... - Page 505
de John L. Comaroff, Jean Comaroff - 2009 - 612 pages
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Free Trade in Land

Joseph Kay - 1879 - 362 pages
...would be a disgrace to common sense to ask the cause ; the enjoyment of property must have done it. Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden ; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert.' "In his description...
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Free Trade in Land

Joseph Kay - 1879 - 392 pages
...would be a disgrace to common sense to ask the cause ; the enjoyment of property must have done it. Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden ; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert.' " In his description...
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The Economics of Industry

Alfred Marshall, Mary Paley Marshall - 1879 - 314 pages
...abound, their savings are very large. bank whose attractions can be compared with the land. " Give a man secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden.... The magic of property turns sand into gold1." The peasant proprietor can give every hour of labour,...
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Freedom of Land

George Shaw-Lefevre Baron Eversley - 1880 - 240 pages
...adjoining villagers to acquire it in property ; " and he added the words which have become a proverb, " Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden ; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will turn it into a desert. The magic of property...
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The Dublin Review

Nicholas Patrick Wiseman - 1880 - 644 pages
...would be a disgrace to common sense to ask the cause ; the enjoyment of property must have done it. Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden ; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert.* The same impartial...
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English and Irish Land Questions: Collected Essays

George Shaw-Lefevre Baron Eversley - 1881 - 296 pages
...adjoining villagers to acquire it in property ; " and he added the words which have become a proverb, " Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will turn it into a desert. The magic of property...
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Co-operation in land tillage, by M.A.

M. A - 1881 - 480 pages
...copyholder is not less so than a freeholder. What is wanted is permanent possession on fixed terms. Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden ; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert." The principles laid...
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The purchase clauses of the Irish land acts, speech made in the House of ...

George John Shaw- Lefevre (baron Eversley.) - 1882 - 42 pages
...would be a disgrace to common-sense to ask the cause — the enjoyment of property must have done it. Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden. Give a man a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert." Arthur Young, notwithstanding...
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A New Political Economy

John Milton Gregory - 1882 - 408 pages
...laborer. Economists frequently quote, with approval of its truthfulness, the saying of Arthur Young : " Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock and he will turn it into a garden." The small farmers of France, whose little fields give such a patch-work look to the country, have,...
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Land Nationalisation, Its Necessity and Its Aims: Being a Comparison of the ...

Alfred Russel Wallace - 1883 - 268 pages
...would be a disgrace to common sense to ask the cause ; the enjoyment of property must have done it Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden ; give him a nine years lease of a garden. ' and he will convert it into a desert" Again, take his...
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