It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration.
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.
The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity
There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.
Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.
Our patience will achieve more than our force.
Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little.
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
Hypocrisy is no cheap vice; nor can our natural temper be masked for many years together.
All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter
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
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.