The main peculiarity which distinguishes man from other animals is the means of his support-the power which he possesses of very greatly increasing these means.
The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man.
To prevent the recurrence of misery is, alas! beyond the power of man.
The power of population is so superior to the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other vist the human race.
The love of independence is a sentiment that surely none would wish to see erased from the breast of man, though the parish law of England, it must be confessed, is a system of all others the most calculated gradually to weaken this sentiment, and in the end may eradicate it completely.
A writer may tell me that he thinks man will ultimately become an ostrich. I cannot properly contradict him.
I do not know that any writer has supposed that on this earth man will ultimately be able to live without food.
Man cannot live in the midst of plenty.
Had population and food increased in the same ratio, it is probable that man might never have emerged from the savage state.