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A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
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A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.
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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.
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A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
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All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
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All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice.
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All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
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All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.
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Ambition can creep as well as soar.
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Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
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An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.
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Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
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Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
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Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
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Beauty is the promise of happiness.
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But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
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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.
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By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
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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.
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Custom reconciles us to everything.
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Education is the cheap defense of nations.
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Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
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Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
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Falsehood is a perennial spring.
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Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
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Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.
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Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.
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Good order is the foundation of all things.
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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.
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He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
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He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
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Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
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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.
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I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
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If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.
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If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
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If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.
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In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
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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.
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It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
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It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.
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It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere.
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It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
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It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs.
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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.
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Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
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Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
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Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
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Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
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Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
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Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
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No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
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Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
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Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
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Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little.
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Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity.
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Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
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Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
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One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good.
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Our patience will achieve more than our force.
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Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
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Patience will achieve more than force.
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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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People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
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Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.
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Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
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Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
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Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.
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Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
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Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
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Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
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Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.
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Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
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Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new compositions, any bungler can add to the old.
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The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.
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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.
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The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
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The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
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The march of the human mind is slow.
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The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.
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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
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The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
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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.
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The traveller has reached the end of the journey!
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The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
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The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
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There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
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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.
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They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.
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Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.
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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.
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To innovate is not to reform.
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To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
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To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
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To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.
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Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
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Tyrants seldom want pretexts.
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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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We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
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Well is it known that ambition can creep as well as soar.
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What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.
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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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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.
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Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
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Whenever our neighbour's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.
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Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.
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You can never plan the future by the past.
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Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
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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.
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