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Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.


An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.


We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.


The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.




A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.


Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover.


The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.


Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.


No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.


Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.


Our patience will achieve more than our force.


Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.


The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.


There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution but of fear.


People will not look forward to posterity who will not look backward to their ancestors.


It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.


Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.


They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.


Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.


There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.


Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.


If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.


I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.


It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.


Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.


Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state.


Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.

  • fear

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.


You can never plan the future by the past.


It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere.




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Our minds can be convinced, but our hearts must be won.


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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.


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Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.


All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.


The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.

  • tyranny

Tyrants seldom want pretexts.

  • tyranny

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.


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The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.

  • delusion

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.


All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

  • conscience

If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.


People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.


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A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.


Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.

  • politics

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.

  • politics

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.

  • politics

Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.


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Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.

  • liberty

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.


The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.

  • liberty

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites...Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without.

  • liberty

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.

  • liberty

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Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity.


Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.


Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.

  • religion

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What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.


Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.

  • tolerance

The yielding of the weak is the concession to fear.


I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.




I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.


In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows.


Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young men, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation.


To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.


Custom reconciles us to everything.


Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.


All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.


By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.


Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.

  • economics

Ambition can creep as well as soar.


But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.

  • evils

A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood.


He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.


A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.

  • ancestors

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.


A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.

  • politics

That the greatest security of the people, against the encroachments and usurpations of their superiors, is to keep the Spirit of Liberty constantly awake, is an undeniable truth.


Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.

  • tyranny

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.


A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.


Young man, there is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners.

  • america

We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.

  • praise

The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.

  • liberty

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

  • evil

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.


Some degree of novelty must be one of the materials in almost every instrument which works upon the mind; and curiosity blends itself, more or less, with all our pleasures.

  • curiosity

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.


All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

  • conscience

Contempt is not a thing to be despised.


Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe.


A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.

  • change

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.


The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great.

  • greatness

A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.

  • nation

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity.

  • religion

When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment, we have no compass to govern us, nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer.


The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.


Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.


There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations.


In a democracy the majority of citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority...and that oppression of the majority will extend to far great number, and will be carried on with much greater fury, than can almost ever be apprehended from the dominion of a single sceptre. Under a cruel prince they have the plaudits of the people to animate their generous constancy under their sufferings; but those who are subjected to wrong under multitudes are deprived of all external consolation: they seem deserted by mankind, overpowered by a conspiracy of their whole species.


The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.

  • tyranny

The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.


Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new compositions, any bungler can add to the old.


In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute.


The objects of a financier are, then, to secure an ample revenue; to impose it with judgment and equality; to employ it economically; and, when necessity obliges him to make use of credit, to secure its foundations in that instance, and for ever, by the clearness and candor of his proceedings, the exactness of his calculations, and the solidity of his funds.


Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.

  • shame

I did not obey your instructions. No. I conformed to the instructions of truth and Nature, and maintained your interest, against your opinions, with a constancy that became me. A representative worthy of you ought to be a person of stability. I am to look, indeed, to your opinions,but to such opinions as you and I must have five years hence. I was not to look to the flash of the day. I knew that you chose me, in my place, along with others, to be a pillar of the state, and not a weathercock on the top of the edifice, exalted for my levity and versatility, and of no use but to indicate the shiftings of every fashionable gale.


To please universally was the object of his life; but to tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.


He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.


If any ask me what a free government is, I answer, that, for any practical purpose, it is what the people think so,and that they, and not I, are the natural, lawful, and competent judges of this matter.


Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.

  • politics

If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.

  • people

In this choice of inheritance we have given to our frame of polity the image of a relation in blood; binding up the constitution of our country with our dearest domestic ties; adopting our fundamental laws into the bosom of our family affections; keeping inseparable and cherishing with the warmth of all their combined and mutually reflected charities, our state, our hearths, our sepulchres, and our altars.


Now, as a law directed against the mass of the nation has not the nature of a reasonable institution, so neither has it the authority: for in all forms of government the people is the true legislator; and whether the immediate and instrumental cause of the law be a single person or many, the remote and efficient cause is the consent of the people, either actual or implied ; and such consent is absolutely essential to its validity.

  • government

Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world.


I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophists, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is gone forever.


A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.

  • change

I cannot conceive how any man can have brought himself to that pitch of presumption, to consider his country as nothing but carte blanche, upon which he may scribble whatever he pleases.


But a good patriot, and a true politician, always considers how he shall make the most of the existing materials of his country. A disposition, to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. Everything else is vulgar in the conception, perilous in the execution.


Falsehood is a perennial spring.


Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.


The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.

  • liberty

The march of the human mind is slow.


Society is indeed a contract. It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.


Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement. No sound ought to be heard in the church but the healing voice of Christian charity. The cause of civil liberty and civil government gains as little as that of religion by this confusion of duties. Those who quit their proper character to assume what does not belong to them are, for the greater part, ignorant both of the character they leave and of the character they assume.


It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.


Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.

  • agreement

Good order is the foundation of all things.


Laws, like houses, lean on one another.


He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty helps us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.


Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.


If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.


Whenever our neighbour's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.


To innovate is not to reform.


Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

  • bad

Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.

  • politics

People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.

  • crushed

Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to anything but power for their relief.

  • power

Among precautions against ambition, it may not be amiss to take precautions against our own. I must fairly say, I dread our own power and our own ambition: I dread our being too much dreaded.

  • power

But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.


Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.

  • politics

Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.

  • justice

It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.


Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests; which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates; but parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purposes, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole. You choose a member indeed; but when you have chosen him, he is not a member of Bristol, but he is a member of parliament.


The traveller has reached the end of the journey!


Society is a partnership in all science, a partnership in all art, a partnership in every virtue and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.


In the weakness of one kind of authority, and in the fluctuation of all, the officers of an army will remain for some time mutinous and full of faction, until some popular general, who understands the art of conciliating the soldiery, and who possesses the true spirit of command, shall draw the eyes of all men upon himself. Armies will obey him on his personal account. There is no other way of securing military obedience in this state of things.


The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

  • power

When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.


Fraud and prevarication are servile vices. They sometimes grow out of the necessities, always out of the habits, of slavish and degenerate spirits. It is an erect countenance, it is a firm adherence to principle, it is a power of resisting false shame and frivolous fear, that assert our good faith and honor, and assure to us the confidence of mankind.


Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.


Tyrants seldom want pretexts.

  • tyranny

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites...Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without.

  • liberty

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.

  • justice

The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.


All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice.

  • power

The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.

  • power

The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.


Education is the cheap defense of nations.


Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.


What is it we all seek for in an election? To answer its real purposes, you must first possess the means of knowing the fitness of your man; and then you must retain some hold upon him by personal obligation or dependence.


Woman is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one.


The distinguishing part of our Constitution is its liberty. To preserve that liberty inviolate seems the particular duty and proper trust of a member of the House of Commons. But the liberty, the only liberty, I mean is a liberty connected with order: that not only exists along with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle.


And having looked to government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them. To avoid that evil, government will redouble the causes of it; and then it will become inveterate and incurable.


To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.


To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.

  • taxation

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good.


Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have a right that these wants should be provided for by this wisdom.


In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature.

  • law

Manners are of more importance than laws. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in.


It is from this absolute indifference and tranquillity of the mind, that mathematical speculations derive some of the most considerable advantages; because there is nothing to interest the imagination; because the judgment sits free and unbiased to examine the point. All proportions, every arrangement of quantity, is alike to the understanding, because the same truths result to it from all; from greater from lesser, from equality and inequality.


Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.


Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.

  • fatal

It is undoubtedly the business of ministers very much to consult the inclinations of the people, but they ought to take great care that they do not receive that inclination from the few persons who may happen to approach them.


It looks to me to be narrow and pedantic to apply the ordinary ideas of criminal justice to this great public contest. I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.

  • justice

Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations - wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.


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Part 2
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Part 3
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People
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Liberty
Religion
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Similar Statesmans

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