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That great chain of causes, which, linking one to another, even to the throne of God Himself, can never be unraveled by any industry of ours.
That, of course, they are many in number, or that, after all, they are, other than the little shriveled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome, insects of the hour.
The balance of power.
- in a 1741 speech [Power]
The blood of man should never be shed but to redeem the blood of man. It is well shed for our family, for our friends, for our God, for our country, for our kind. The rest is vanity; the rest is crime.
The cause of a wrong taste is a defect of judgment.
The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.
The credulity of dupes is as inexhaustible as the invention of knaves.
The esteem of wise and good men is the greatest of all temporal encouragements to virtue; and it is a mark of an abandoned spirit to have no regard to it.
The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
The grave is a common treasury, to which we must all be taken.
The great chain of causes, which, linking one to another, even to the throne of God Himself, can never be unraveled by any industry of ours.
The individual is foolish; the multitude, for the moment is foolish, when they act without deliberation; but the species is wise, and, when time is given to it, as a species it always acts right.
- in a speech, Reform of Representation in the House of Commons, May 7, 1782
The introduction of Christianity, which, under whatever form, always confers such inestimable benefits on mankind, soon made a sensible change in these rude and fierce manners.
The marketplace obliges men, whether they will or not, in pursuing their own selfish interests, to connect the general good with their own individual success.
The moment that government appears at market, the principles of the market will be subverted.
The moment you abate anything from the full rights of men each to govern himself, and suffer any artificial positive limitation upon those rights, from that moment the whole organization of government becomes a consideration of convenience.
The more accurately we search into the human mind, the stronger traces we everywhere find of His wisdom who made it.
The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blenches, the thought that never wanders--these are the masters of victory.
The only kind of sublimity which a painter or sculptor should aim at is to express by certain proportions and positions of limbs and features that strength and dignity of mind, and vigor and activity of body, which enables men to conceive and execute great actions.
The only liberty that is valuable is a liberty connected with order; that not only exists along with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
- attributed to [Action : Evil]
The parties are the gamesters; but government keeps the table, and is sure to be the winner in the end.
The perfection of conversation is not to play a regular sonata, but, like the AEolian harp, to await the inspiration of the passing breeze.
The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.
The poorest being that crawls on earth, contending to save itself from injustice and oppression, is an object respectable in the eyes of God and man.
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