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Self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind. It is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.
Slavery is as ancient as war, and war as human nature.
Society is as ancient as the world.
Such is the destiny of great men that their superior genius always exposes them to be the butt of the envenomed darts of calumny and envy.
Suspicion invites treachery.
Systems exercise the mind; but faith enlightens and guides it.
The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.
- of Milton's genius [Sacrifice]
The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third.
The character of the common people changes in a single day.
The discovery of what is true and the practice of that which is good are the two most important objects of philosophy.
The fate of a nation has often depended on the good or bad digestion of a prime minister.
The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.
The modesty of certain ambitious persons consists in becoming great without making too much noise; it may be said that they advance in the world on tiptoe.
The multiplicity of facts and writings is become so great that everything must soon be reduced to extracts.
The multitude are ruled by prejudices.
The passions are the winds which fill the sails of the vessel; they sink it at times, but without them it would be impossible to make way. Bile makes man passionate and sick; but without bile man could not live.
The path of genius is not less obstructed with disappointment than that of ambition.
The post is the grand connecting link of all transactions, of all negotiations. Those who are absent, by its means become present; it is the consolation of life.
The punishment of criminals should be of use; when a man is hanged he is good for nothing.
The richest endowments of the mind are temperance, prudence, and fortitude. Prudence is a universal virtue, which enters into the composition of all the rest; and where she is not, fortitude loses its name and nature.
The secret of making one's self tiresome is not to know when to stop.
The sentiment of justice is so natural, so universally acquired by all mankind, that it seems to me independent of all law, all party, all religion.
The sword is ever suspended.
The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream
That this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
[Fr., Le monde m'embarrasse, et je ne puis pas songer
Que cette horloge existe et n'a pas d'Horloger.]
There are moral as well as physical assassinations.
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