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Our patience will achieve more than our force.

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

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

He who wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.

Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.

Tyrants seldom want pretexts.

To innovate is not to reform.

Falsehood is a perennial spring.

Beauty is the promise of happiness.

Ambition can creep as well as soar.

Custom reconciles us to everything.

The march of the human mind is slow.

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

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.

You can never plan the future by the past.

Education is the cheap defense of nations.

Good order is the foundation of all things.

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.

Those who attempt to level, never equalize.

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.

The traveler has reached the end of the journey!

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

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.

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

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.

Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.

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

Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

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

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.

Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality.

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

History is the preceptor of prudence, not principles.

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

Geography is an earthly subject, but a heavenly science.

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.

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

Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.

Whatever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.

Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

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

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

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

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

Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.

Society is a partnership of the dead, the living and the unborn.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

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.

There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.

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

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

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

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

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

It is our ignorance of things that causes all our admiration and chiefly excites our passions.

Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of the New Gospel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs.

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

Religion, by ‘consecrating’ the state, gives the people an added impetus to respect and regard their regime.

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppression upon the minority.

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

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

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

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

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

Rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in a hundred years.

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

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

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

There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to accomplish, both in the natural and moral world.

Politics ought to be adjusted not to human reasoning but to human nature, of which reason is but a part and by no means the greatest part.”

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

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

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.

Nothing is such an enemy to accuracy of judgment as a coarse discrimination; a want of such classification and distribution as the subject admits of.”

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The mind of man possesses a sort of creative power on its own; either in representing at pleasure the images of things in the order and manner in which they were received by the senses, or in combining those images in a new manner, and according to a different order. This power is called imagination.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A man full of warm, speculative benevolence may wish his society otherwise constituted than he finds it; but a good patriot, and a true politician, always considers how he shall make the most of the existing materials of his country.

History consists, for the greater part, of the miseries brought upon the world by pride, ambition, avarice, revenge, lust, sedition, hypocrisy, ungoverned zeal, and all the train of disorderly appetites, which shake the public with the same.

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.

The wild gas, the fixed air is plainly broke loose: but we ought to suspend our judgments until the first effervescence is a little subsided, till the liquor is cleared, and until we see something deeper than the agitation of the troubled and frothy surface.

Wise men will apply their remedies to vices, not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not to the occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear. Otherwise you will be wise historically, a fool in practice.

What is the use of discussing a man’s abstract right to food or medicine? The question is upon the method of procuring and administering them. In that deliberation I shall always advise to call in the aid of the farmer and the physician rather than the professor of metaphysics.

In these meetings of all sorts, every counsel, in proportion as it is daring and violent and perfidious, is taken for the mark of superior genius. Humanity and compassion are ridiculed as the fruits of superstition and ignorance. Tenderness to individuals is considered as treason to the public.

Dark side of our sentiments is mitigated not by pure reason, but by more beneficent sentiments. We cannot be simply argued out of our vices, but we can be deterred from indulging them by the trust and love that develops among neighbors, by deeply established habits of order and peace, and by pride in our community or country.

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