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Irish orator and statesman
(1729 - 1797)
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Poetry, with all its obscurity, has a more general as well as a more powerful dominion over the passions than the art of painting.
      - [Poetry]

Power, in whatever hands, is rarely guilty of too strict limitations on itself.
      - [Power]

Prudence is a quality incompatible with vice, and can never be effectively enlisted in its cause.
      - [Prudence]

Prudence is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director and regulator, the standard of them all.
      - [Prudence]

Public calamity is a mighty leveler.
      - [Calamities]

Queen of arts, and daughter of heaven.
      - [Philosophy]

Refined policy ever has been the parent of confusion, and ever will be so as long as the world endures. Plain good intention, which is as easily discovered at the first view as fraud is surely detected at last, is of no mean force in the government of mankind.
      - [Government]

Religion is among the most powerful causes of enthusiasm.
      - [Enthusiasm]

Religion is for the man in humble life, and to raise his nature, and to put him in mind of a state in which the privileges of opulence will cease, when he will be equal by nature, and may be more than equal by virtue.
      - [Religion]

Religion is the basis of civil society, and the source of all good and of all comfort.
      - [Religion]

Religion, to have any force upon men's understandings,--indeed, to exist at all,--must be supposed paramount to law, and independent for its substance upon any human institution, else it would be the absurdest thing in the world,--an acknowledged cheat.
      - [Religion]

Responsibility prevents crimes.
      - [Crime]

Restraint of discipline, emulation, examples of virtue and of justice, form the education of the world.
      - [Education]

Sallust is indisputably one of the best historians among the Romans, both for the purity of his language and the elegance of his style.
      - [Authorship]

She is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one.
      - [Women]

Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without.
      - [Government]

Society is, indeed, a contract. * * * It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art, a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.
      - [Society]

Some degree of novelty must be one of the materials in almost every instrument which works upon the mind; and curiosity blends itself, more or less, with all our pleasures.
      - [Novelty]

Suppose, however, that something like moderation were visible in this political sermon, yet politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
      - [Clergymen]

Surely the church is a place where one day's truce ought to be allowed to the dissensions and animosities of mankind.
      - [Churches]

Taste and elegance, though they are reckoned only among the smaller and secondary morals, yet are of no mean importance in the regulations of life. A moral taste is not of force to turn vice into virtue; but it recommends virtue with something like the blandishments of pleasure, and it infinitely abates the evils of vice.
      - [Elegance]

Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new impositions, any bungler can add to the old; but to is altogether wise to have no other bounds to your impositions than the patience of those who are to bear them?
      - [Taxes]

Teach me, O lark! with thee to greatly rise, to exalt my soul and lift it to the skies.
      - [Birds]

Thank God, men that art greatly guilty are never wise.
      - [Wisdom]

That cardinal virtue, temperance.
      - [Temperance]

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