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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.
Ambition can creep as well as soar.
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.
We must not always judge of the
generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.
is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished
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.
It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be
Whenever our neighbor's house is on
fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful
law of nature.
A state without the means of some change
is without the means of its conservation.
Men are qualified
for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains
upon their own appetites; in proportion as their love to justice is above their
rapacity; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above
their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen
to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves.
It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest
complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every
virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.
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.
The first and simplest emotion
which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
reconciles us to everything.
Never despair, but if you
do, work on in despair.
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.
Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense,
and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.
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 only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
for good men to do nothing.
Example is the school of
mankind, and they will learn at no other
It is the nature
of all greatness not to be exact.
Passion for fame:
A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning
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.
corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
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.
When ever a separation is made between
liberty and justice, neither is safe.
out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long
submit to the dominion of the great.
Great men are the
guideposts and landmarks in the state.
People will not
look forward to posterity who will not look backward to their ancestors.
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.
To innovate is not to reform.
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 must
to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.
laws are the worst form of tyranny.
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.
Laws, like houses, lean on
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.
danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion.
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.
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.
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.
of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
A nation is
not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.
A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe.
their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.
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.
is the foundation of all great things.
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.
Our patience will
achieve more than our force.
Patience will achieve more
To make us love our country, our country
ought to be lovely.
If the people are happy, united,
wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence
good is derived.
By gnawing through a dike, even a rat
may drown a nation.
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.
can never plan the future by the past.
to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of
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.
Your representative owes you, not his industry only,
but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to
Magnanimity in politics is not seldom
the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.
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.
us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover.
A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience
People must be taken as they are, and
we should never try make them or ourselves better by quarreling with them.
Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least,
In the groves of their academy, at
the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows.
and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form
the education of the world.
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. George Berkeley
Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.
An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to
speak, and impossible to be silent.
Whilst shame keeps
its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation
be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.
is a weed that grows on every soil.
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.
Superstition is the religion of
Taxing is an easy business. Any projector
can contrive new compositions, any bungler can add to the old.
tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.
Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
Tyrants seldom want pretexts.
be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.
you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.
yielding of the weak is the concession to fear.
generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles,
If we command our wealth, we shall be rich
and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
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.
The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.
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