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" I knew a very wise man so much of Sir Chr — 's sentiment, that he believed if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation. "
Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay: With Indexes. Authors, 544 ... - Page 399
by Samuel Austin Allibone - 1880 - 752 pages
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The Uses of Poetry

Denys Thompson - Literary Criticism - 1978 - 238 pages
...their history; and perhaps Fletcher of Saltoun (1655-1716) was thinking on these lines when he observed that 'if a man were permitted to make all the ballads,...need not care who should make the laws of a nation'. In fact the laws of a nation have often been put into verse, mainly no doubt because they were thus...
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S. 1324, an Amendment to the National Security Act of 1947: Hearings Before ...

United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Intelligence - Freedom of information - 1983 - 129 pages
...And history is the basis of myth in modern life. Nearly three hundred years ago Andrew Fletcher said, "If a man were permitted to make all the ballads,...need not care who should make the laws of a nation." We have gone from ballads to headlines and histories, but the interpreters of our past still affect...
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Victorian Criticism of the Novel

Edwin M. Eigner, George J. Worth - Literary Criticism - 1985 - 258 pages
...Saltoun actually wrote was: 'I knew a very wise man so much of Sir Chr-'s sentiment, that he believed if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a ration'; An Account of a Conversation concerning a Right Regulation of Governments for the Common Good...
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Records, Volume 7

Columbia Historical Society (Washington, D.C.) - 1904
...often-quoted and always misquoted saying of a stout Scotch republican of two centuries ago, Andrew Fletcher: " I knew a very wise man that believed that if a man...need not care who should make the laws of a nation." Indeed, who is there among us that can repeat the language of any law? and who that cannot repeat multitudes...
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The Play Theory of Mass Communication

William Stephenson - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1964 - 225 pages
...style of music, he averred, could upset a state. The poet Fletcher is often quoted to the same effect: "If a man were permitted to make all the ballads,...need not care who should make the laws of a nation." Happily, nothing is as simple as this. Yet music, drama, and art, whether high or low, make one feel...
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Songs, Odes, Glees, and Ballads: A Bibliography of American Presidential ...

William Miles - Music - 1990 - 200 pages
...the intelligence of free men. By repeating in their songsters the old statement by Andrew Fletcher that "If a man were permitted to make all the ballads,...need not care who should make the laws of a nation," the Whigs showed "a want of confidence in the intelligence of the people." After ah1, argued the Democrats,...
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Burns Chronicle and Club Directory, Volumes 6-9

1897
...writes — " I said I knew a very wise man, so much of Sir Christopher's sentiment, that he believed if a man were permitted to make all the ballads he...need not care who should make the laws of a nation." This may be rudely paraphrased, that it is more important to make the songs of a nation than to frame...
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Andrew Fletcher: Political Works

Andrew Fletcher - History - 1997 - 243 pages
...great consequence. I said, I knew a very wise man so much of Sir Chr-'s sentiment, that he believed if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he...need not care who should make the laws of a nation. And we find that most of the antient legislators thought they could not well reform the manners of...
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Consuming Environments: Television and Commercial Culture

Mike Budd, Steve Craig, Clay Steinman, Clayton M. Steinman - Nature - 1999 - 225 pages
...Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (1653-1716) wrote in a letter to the marquis of Montrose, the earl of Rothes, "I knew a very wise man that believed that if a man...need not care who should make the laws of a nation." Today it's television that makes "all the ballads." It comes into the home where the child is born....
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Television and Its Viewers: Cultivation Theory and Research

Jim Shanahan, James Shanahan, Shanahan James, Michael Morgan - Performing Arts - 1999 - 267 pages
...story-telling transactions (Fisher, 1984). Gerbner often quotes Scottish patriot Andrew Fletcher's observation that "If a man were permitted to make all the ballads,...need not care who should make the laws of a nation." Such a romantic notion is not easily testable, but that makes it no less compelling. The stories of...
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