You had that action and counteraction which, in the natural and in the political world, from the reciprocal struggle of discordant powers draws out the harmony of the universe.1
Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. p. 277.
Note 1. Quid velit et possit rerum concordia discors (What the discordant harmony of circumstances would and could effect).Horace: Epistle i. 12, 19.
Mr. Breen, in his Modern English Literature, says: This remarkable thought Alison the historian has turned to good account; it occurs so often in his disquisitions that he seems to have made it the staple of all wisdom and the basis of every truth. [back]