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CHARLES JAMES FOX
English government official, orator and statesman
(1749 - 1806)

All political power is a trust.
      - [Politics]

I prefer the hardest terms of peace to the most just war.
      - [War]

Illustrious man! deriving honor less from the splendor of his situation than from the dignity of his mind.
      - [Washington, George]

It is all very well to tell me that a young man has distinguished himself by a brilliant first speech. He may go on, or he may be satisfied with his first triumph; but show me a young man who has not succeeded at first, and nevertheless has gone on, and I will back that young man to do better than most of those who have succeeded at the first trial.
      - [Perseverance]

It must, indeed, create astonishment that, placed in circumstances so critical, and filling a station so conspicuous, the character of Washington should not once have been called in question; that he should, in no instance, have been accused either of improper indolence or of mean submission, in his transactions with foreign nations. It has been reserved for him to run the race of glory without experiencing the smallest interruption to the brilliancy of his career. The breath of censure has not dared to impeach the purity of his conduct, nor the eye of envy to raise its malignant glance to the elevation of his virtues. Such has been the transcendent merit and the unparalleled fate of this illustrious man!
      - in the British Parliament, 1794
        [Washington, George]

Kings govern by means of popular assemblies only when they cannot do without them.
      - [Kings]

No one could be so wise as Thurlow looked.
      - see Campbell's "Lives of the Lord Chancellors", vol. V, p. 661
        [Wisdom]

The worst of revolutions is a restoration.
      - [Revolution]

There is a spirit of resistance implanted by the Deity in the breast of man, proportioned to the size of the wrongs he is destined to endure.
      - [Resentment]

True humanity consists not in a squeamish ear; it consists not in starting or shrinking at tales of misery, but in a disposition of heart to relieve it. True humanity appertains rather to the mind than to the nerves, and prompts men to use real and active endeavors to execute the actions which it suggests.
      - [Humanity]


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