To strain the facts to fit the rules of history: to say that the field of battle at Borodino remained in the hands of the Russians, or that after Moscow there were other battles that destroyed Napoleon's army, is impossible.
Let us imagine two men who have come out to fight a duel with rapiers according to all the rules of the art of fencing.
The critic, rightly considered, is no more than the clerk, whose office it is to transcribe the rules
and laws laid down by those great judges whose vast strength of genius hath placed them in the light of legislators, in the several sciences over which they presided.
He swept away the virtues and the vices, the established laws of good and evil, with the idea of finding out the rules
of life for himself.
Our chief object will be to see whether or not the rules indicate that species have specially been endowed with this quality, in order to prevent their crossing and blending together in utter confusion.
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.
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.
Were the rule to decide their share of taxation alone, a contrary temptation would prevail.
Neither the value of lands, nor the numbers of the people, which have been successively proposed as the rule
of State contributions, has any pretension to being a just representative.
"Of course, according to your lights, to your formula of the rule
of the strong--"
Thus a person of a given character should speak or act in a given way, by the rule
either of necessity or of probability; just as this event should follow that by necessary or probable sequence.
At the same time, Aristotle always holds that absolute government is not properly political, that government is not like the rule
of a shepherd over his sheep, but the rule
of equals over equals.