All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
The only thing needed for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.
To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
“Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.”
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Good order is the foundation of all good things.
The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
Too much idleness, I have observed, fills up a man's time more completely and leaves him less his own master, than any sort of employment whatsoever
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have right that these wants should be provided for, [including] the want of a sufficient restraint upon their passions
Next to love, sympathy is the divinest passion of the human heart
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.