The relation of a state to its territory, which in modern times enters into the essential conception of the state, implies that the land cannot be looked upon, even provisionally, as a true subject of permanent individual appropriation.
— PROF. SHELDON AMOS, Science of Law, Chap. VIII., p. 166 (1874)
Property in land is always conditional. Land is the source of the life of the state, and the state must exist at any cost.
— MARMONTEL, Address in Favor of the Peasants of the North (1757),
Oeuvres, Vol. X., p. 92.