If we owned the property, we will be free and prosperous. If so they regain control, we will become poor.
All government is founded on compromise and banter.
Circumspection and caution are part of wisdom.
Geography is an earthly subject, but a heavenly science.
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.
Man acts from adequate motives relative to his interest, and not on metaphysical speculations.
Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.
History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn.
The credulity of dupes is as inexhaustible as the invention of knaves.
Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
Woman is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one.
They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the rights of man.
People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.
It is known that the taste -- whatever it is -- is improved exactly as we improve our judgment, by extending our knowledge, by a steady attention to our object, and by frequent exercise.
To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty.
I take toleration to be a part of religion. I do not know which I would sacrifice; I would keep them both: it is not necessary that I should sacrifice either.
Their resistance was made to concession; their revolt was from protection; their blow was aimed at a hand holding out graces, favours, and immunities.
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.
You had that action and counteraction which, in the natural and in the political world, from the reciprocal struggle of discordant powers draws out the harmony of the universe.
A definition may be very exact, and yet go but a very little way towards informing us of the nature of the thing defined.
The marketplace obliges men, whether they will or not, in pursuing their own selfish interests, to connect the general good with their own individual success.
Evils we have had continually calling for reformation, and reformations more grievous than any evils.
Sallust is indisputably one of the best historians among the Romans, both for the purity of his language and the elegance of his style.
Vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness.
Fellowship in treason is a bad ground of confidence.
It is hard to say whether doctors of law or divinity have made the greater advances in the lucrative business of mystery.
For there is in mankind an unfortunate propensity to make themselves, their views and their works, the measure of excellence in every thing whatsoever.
I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
The public interest requires doing today those things that men of intelligence and good will would wish, five or ten years hence, had been done.
Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state.
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.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere.
We must soften into a credulity below the milkiness of infancy to think all men virtuous. We must be tainted with a malignity truly diabolical, to believe all the world to be equally wicked and corrupt.
Never, no, never did nature say one thing and wisdom another.
Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
In their nomination to office they will not appoint to the exercise of authority as to a pitiful job, but as to a holy function.
It may be observed, that very polished languages, and such as are praised for their superior clearness and perspicuity, are generally deficient in strength.
Education is the cheap defense of nations.
We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.
Death is natural to a man, but slavery unnatural; and the moment you strip a man of his liberty you strip him of all his virtues: you convert his heart into a dark hole, in which all the vices conspire against you.
Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation.You choose a Member indeed; but when you have chosen him, heisnotthe Member for Bristol, but heisa Member of Parliament.
It is our ignorance of things that causes all our admiration and chiefly excites our passions.
A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
The only training for the heroic is the mundane.
Those who have been intoxicated with power... can never willingly abandon it.
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 appetite.
The nature of things is, I admit, a sturdy adversary.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world.
The love of lucre, though sometimes carried to a ridiculous excess, a vicious excess, is the grand cause of prosperity to all States.
Jacobinism is the revolt of the enterprising talents of a country against its property.
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.
To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.
Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
Silence is golden but when it threatens your freedom it's yellow.
Delusion and weakness produce not one mischief the less, because they are universal.
They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.
There is nothing in the world really beneficial that does not lie within the reach of an informed understanding and a well-protected pursuit.
Somebody has said, that a king may make a nobleman but he cannot make a gentleman.
That great chain of causes, which, linking one to another, even to the throne of God Himself, can never be unraveled by any industry of ours.
Wise men will apply their remedies to vices, not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not the occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
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.
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.
Gambling is a principle inherent in human nature.
I cannot help concurring with the opinion that an absolute democracy, no more than absolute monarchy, is to be reckoned among the legitimate forms of government.
All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice.
In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed and the boldest staggered.
There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to acomplish, both in the natural and moral world.
He that accuses all mankind of corruption ought to remember that he is sure to convict only one.
Whenever government abandons law, it proclaims anarchy.
Freedom and not servitude is the cure of anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy of superstition.
Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.
Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe.
Flattery is no more than what raises in a man's mind an idea of a preference which he has not.
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.
Guilt was never a rational thing; it distorts all the faculties of the human mind, it perverts them, it leaves a man no longer in the free use of his reason, it puts him into confusion.
To complain of the age we live in, to murmur at the present possessors of power, to lament the past, to conceive extravagant hopes of the future, are the common dispositions of the greatest part of mankind.
You will not think it unnatural that those who have an object depending, which strongly engages their hopes and fears, should be somewhat inclining to superstition.
The greatest crimes do not arise from a want of feeling for others but from an over-sensibilit y for ourselves and an over-indulgence to our own desires.
The poorest being that crawls on earth, contending to save itself from injustice and oppression, is an object respectable in the eyes of God and man.
That cardinal virtue, temperance.
The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.
Never, no never, did Nature say one thing, and wisdom another.
All that needs to be done for evil to prevail is good men doing nothing.
The traveller has reached the end of the journey!
It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
Prudence is a quality incompatible with vice, and can never be effectively enlisted in its cause.
But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
Between craft and credulity, the voice of reason is stifled.
Economy is a distributive virtue, and consists not in saving but in selection.
Economy is a distributive virtue, and consists not in saving but selection. Parsimony requires no providence, no sagacity, no powers of combination, no comparison, no judgment.
Over-taxation cost England her colonies of North America.
Make the Revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions.
General rebellions and revolts of a whole people never were encouraged now or at any time. They are always provoked.
Great men are never sufficiently shown but in struggles.
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.
Contempt is not a thing to be despised.
Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.
I own that there is a haughtiness and fierceness in human nature which will cause innumerable broils, place men in what situation you please.
Good company, lively conversation, and the endearments of friendship fill the mind with great pleasure.
Law and arbitrary power are at eternal enmity.
By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
It is by imitation, far more than by precept, that we learn everything; and what we learn thus, we acquire not only more effectually, but more pleasantly.
I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pain of others.
People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous.
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver, and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings.
The wise determine from the gravity of the case; the irritable, from sensibility to oppression; the high minded, from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands.
When a great man has some one object in view to be achieved in a given time, it may be absolutely necessary for him to walk out of all the common roads.
Nothing is so rash as fear; its counsels very rarely put off, whilst they are always sure to aggravate the evils from which it would fly.
A coward's courage is in his tongue.
Laws are commanded to hold their tongues among arms; and tribunals fall to the ground with the peace they are no longer able to uphold.
Art is a partnership not only between those who are living but between those who are dead and those who are yet to be born.
A great deal of the furniture of ancient tyranny is torn to rags; the rest is entirely out of fashion.
There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution but of fear.
The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great.
Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.
Not men but measures a sort of charm by which many people get loose from every honorable engagement.
The march of the human mind is slow.
Poetry, with all its obscurity, has a more general as well as a more powerful dominion over the passions than the art of painting.
Teach me, O lark! with thee to greatly rise, to exalt my soul and lift it to the skies.
What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.
Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
Equity money is dynamic and debt money is static.
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 marvellous structure of reality.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.
Religion is the basis of civil society, and the source of all good and of all comfort.
I have not yet lost a feeling of wonder, and of delight, that the delicate motion should reside in all the things around us, revealing itself only to him who looks for it.
When you fear something, learn as much about it as you can. Knowledge conquers fear.
Nothing in progress can rest on its original plan. We might as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant.
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.
There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men, and by acting with promptitude, decision, and steadiness on that belief.
Falsehood is a perennial spring.
He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
But whoever is a genuine follower of Truth, keeps his eye steady upon his guide, indifferent whither he is led, provided that she is the leader.
The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds -- success.
Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.
It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.
The body of all true religion consists, to be sure, in obedience to the will of the Sovereign of the world, in a confidence in His declarations, and in imitation of His perfections.
Turbulent, discontented men of quality, in proportion as they are puffed up with personal pride and arrogance, generally despise their own order.
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.
You can never plan the future by the past.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
There ought to be system of manners in every nation which a well-formed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
I consider how little man is, yet, in his own mind, how great. He is lord and master of all things, yet scarce can command anything.
One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good.
All men have equal rights, but not to equal things.
The very name of a politician, a statesman, is sure to cause terror and hatred; it has always connected with it the ideas of treachery, cruelty, fraud, and tyranny.
Our patience will achieve more than our force.
I have been told by an eminent bookseller, that in no branch of his business , after tracts of popular devotion, were so many books as those on the law exported to the Plantations .
The people of England well know that the idea of inheritance furnishes a sure principle of conservation and a sure principle of transmission, without at all excluding a principle of improvement.
The earth, the kind and equal mother of all ought not to be monopolised to foster the pride and luxury of any men.
Though ugliness be the opposite of beauty, it is not the opposite to proportion and fitness; for it is possible that a thing may be very ugly with any proportions, and with a perfect fitness for any use.
It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs.
There never was a bad man that had ability for good service.
I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.
True humility-the basis of the Christian system-is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues.
The superfluities of a rich nation furnish a better object of trade than the necessities of a poor one. It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere.
We begin our public affection in our families. No cold relation is a zealous citizen.
The conduct of a losing party never appears right: at least it never can possess the only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar judgements-success.
There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions than ruined by too confident a security.
Fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.
Old religious factions are volcanoes burnt out.
A great empire and little minds go ill together.
The greatest sin is to do nothing because you can only do a little.
Pleasure of every kind quickly satisfies.
Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
The ocean is an object of no small terror.
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.
Slavery they can have anywhere. It is a weed that grows in every soil.
Fraud is the ready minister of injustice.
We set ourselves to bite the hand that feeds us.
In a free country every man thinks he has a concern in all public matters, -- that he has a right to form and a right to deliver an opinion on them. This it is that fills countries with men of ability in all stations.
Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
The grave is a common treasury, to which we must all be taken.
A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
Learning will be cast into the mire and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing as they must if they believe they can do nothing. There is nothing worse because the council of despair is declaration of irresponsibility; it is Pilate washing his hands.
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.
I despair of ever receiving the same degree of pleasure from the most exalted performances of genius which I felt in childhood from pieces which my present judgment regards as trifling and contemptible.
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.
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites.
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites…in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. 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. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.
A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.
Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.
A representative owes not just his industry but his judgement.
A very great part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words.
I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.
To speak of atrocious crime in mild language is treason to virtue.
Genuine simplicity of heart is a healing and cementing principle.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
The grand instructor, time.
All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.
The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.
Government is the exercise of all the great qualities of the human mind.