The cold neutrality of an impartial judge.
Some decent regulated pre-eminence, some preference (not exclusive appropriation) given to birth, is neither unnatural, nor unjust, nor impolite.
It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs.
It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere.
When 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.
Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.
You can never plan the future by the past.
A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.
No passion so effectually robs the mond of all its poers of acting and reasoning as fear.
I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
Manners 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.
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.
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
Ambition can creep as well as soar.
To innovate is not to reform.