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Irish orator and statesman
(1729 - 1797)
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Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.
      - [Crime]

Curiosity is the most superficial of all the affections; it changes its object perpetually; it has an appetite which is very sharp, but very easily satisfied, and it has always an appearance of giddiness, restlessness and anxiety.
      - [Curiosity]

Custom reconciles us to everything.
      - [Custom]

Dangers by being despised grow great.
      - [Danger]

Delusion and weakness produce not one mischief the less, because they are universal.
      - [Weakness]

Delusion produced not one mischief the less because it is universal.
      - [Delusion]

Despots govern by terror. They know that he who fears God fears nothing else; and therefore they eradicate from the mind, through their Voltaire, their Helvetius, and the rest of that infamous gang, that only sort of fear which generates true courage.
      - [Despotism]

Difficulty i5 a severe instructor, set over us by the supreme ordinance of a paternal guardian and legislator, who knows us better than we know ourselves, as He loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
      - [Difficulties]

Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.
      - [Fear]

Education is the cheap defence of nations.
      - [Education]

Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy. If parsimony were to be considered as one of the kinds of that virtue, there is, however, another and a higher economy. Economy is a distinctive virtue, and consists not in saving, but in selection.
      - [Economy]

Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
      - [Facts]

Falsehood and delusion are allowed in no case whatever; but, as in the exercise of all the virtues, there is an economy of truth. It is a sort of temperance, by which a man speaks truth with measure, that he may speak it the longer.
      - [Truth]

Fear is the mother of safety.
      - [Fear]

Fellowship in treason is a bad ground of confidence.
      - [Treason]

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver; and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings.
      - [Flattery]

Flattery is no more than what raises in a man's mind an idea of a preference which he has not.
      - [Flattery]

For my part, I am convinced that the method of teaching which approaches most nearly to the method of investigation is incomparably the best; since, not content with serving up a few barren and lifeless truths, it leads to the stock on which they grew.
      - [Teaching]

Fraud is the ready minister of injustice.
      - [Injustice]

Frugality is founded on the principle that all riches have limits.
      - [Frugality]

Futurity is the great concern of mankind.
      - [Futurity]

General rebellions and revolts of a whole people never were encouraged, now or at any time. They are always provoked.
      - [Revolution]

Genuine simplicity of heart is a healing and cementing principle.
      - [Simplicity]

God has sometimes converted wickedness into madness; and it is to the credit of human reason that men who are not in some degree mad are never capable of being in the highest degree wicked.
      - [Wickedness]

Good order is the foundation of all good things.
      - [Order]

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