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" A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. "
" All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. "
" All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice. "
" All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. "
" Ambition can creep as well as soar. "
" Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist. "
" Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones. "
" 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. "
" A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. "
" Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. "
" Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty. "
" Beauty is the promise of happiness. "
" But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever. "
" 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. "
" By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation. "
" 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. "
" Custom reconciles us to everything. "
" Education is the cheap defense of nations. "
" Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. "
" Facts are to the mind what food is to the body. "
" Falsehood is a perennial spring. "
" Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver. "
" Free trade is not based on utility but on justice. "
" Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits. "
" Good order is the foundation of all things. "
" He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls. "
" He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. "
" He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. "
" Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing. "
" If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived. "
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