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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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France of To-day: A Survey, Comparative and Retrospective

Matilda Betham-Edwards - 1890 - 348 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." Yet a little farther southward of Nimes we come upon transformations much more startling. A visit to...
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American Farms: Their Condition and Future

James Rupert Elliott - 1890 - 296 pages
...intelligent, and the most successful." Arthur Young makes this striking and enthusiastic remark : " Give a man secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden." Nothing can be more conducive to the success of the farmer's enterprise than the confidence that' his...
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Tenancy and Ownership: Cobden Club Prize Essay

John Watson - 1891 - 132 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. There are some parts...
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Principles of Political Economy: With Some of Their Applications ..., Volume 1

John Stuart Mill - 1892 - 628 pages
...supra), p. 53. 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 details which...
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Travels in France

Arthur Young - 1892 - 452 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. To Montadier,3 over...
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History of the English Landed Interest: Modern period

Russell Montague Garnier - 1893 - 594 pages
...accordance with the philosophical and political tendencies of the age. Thus Arthur Young had said, " 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." 3 " The magic of property,"...
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The Alumni Bulletin

1912 - 620 pages
...BRANSON, STATE NORMAL SCHOOL. Arthur Young, the great farmer-economist of England, said years ago, "The magic of property turns sand into gold. Give...a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden." And Adam Smith in his epoch-making book, "The Wealth of Nations," wrote nearly a century ago, "A small...
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The Meaning of History: And Other Historical Pieces

Frederic Harrison - 1894 - 504 pages
...the deserts around them into gardens.' ' Give a man,' he adds, in a phrase which is now a proverb, '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.' What has made all...
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The Albany Law Journal: A Monthly Record of the Law and the ..., Volumes 51 à 52

1895 - 914 pages
...would be a disgrace to common sense to ask the cause: the enjoyment of property munt 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, November 7,...
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Penological and Preventive Principles: With Special Reference to Europe and ...

William Tallack - 1896 - 690 pages
...difficulties before it and has clothed the very rocks with verdure. The enjoyment of property has done it. Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock and he will turn it into a garden." And Miss BETHAM EDWARDS, in writing of " France of to-day," speaks of : — " The almost entire self-sufficingness...
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