Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
"They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance."
Fraud is the ready minister of injustice.
Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
No man can mortgage his injustice as a pawn for his fidelity.
Fellowship in treason is a bad ground of confidence.
Our manners, our civilization, and all the good things connected with manners and civilization, have, in this European world of ours, depended for ages upon two principles: I mean the spirit of a gentleman, and the spirit of religion.
It is one of the finest problems in legislation, what the state ought to take upon itself to direct and what it ought to leave, with as little interference as possible, to individual discretion.
Some degree of novelty must be one of the materials in almost every instrument which works upon the mind; and curiosity blends itself, more or less, with all our pleasures.
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.
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.
A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.
I know that many have been taught to think that moderation, in a case like this, is a sort of treason.