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The pride of men will not often suffer reason to have scope until it can be no longer of service.
The source of all good and of all comfort.
The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur. This cannot be owing to anything in the stars themselves, separately considered. The number is certainly the cause. The apparent disorder augments the grandeur; for the appearance of care is highly contrary to our ideas of magnificence. Besides, the stars lie in such apparent confusion as makes it impossible, on ordinary occasions, to reckon them. This gives them the advantage of a sort of infinity.
The tribunal of conscience exists independent of edicts and decrees.
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
The true way to mourn the dead is to take care of the living who belong to them.
The truly sublime is always easy, and always natural.
The very name of a politician, a statesman, is sure to cause terror and hatred; it has always connected with it the ideas of treachery, cruelty, fraud, and tyranny.
The worthy gentleman [Mr. Coombe], who has been snatched from us at the moment of the election, and in the middle of the contest, while his desires were as warm, and his hopes as eager as ours, has feelingly told us, what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue.
- in a speech at Bristol on declining the poll
There are cases in which a man would be ashamed not to have been imposed upon. There is a confidence necessary to human intercourse, and without which men are often more injured by their own suspicions than they would be by the perfidy of others.
- [Imposition : Knavery]
There are circumstances in which despair does not imply inactivity.
There are some men formed with feelings so blunt that they can hardly be said to be awake during the whole course of their lives.
There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution but of fear.
There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
There is a time when the hoary head of inveterate abuse will neither draw reverence nor obtain protection.
There is a wide difference between admiration and love. The sublime, which is the cause of the former, always dwells on great objects and terrible; the latter on small ones and pleasing; we submit to what we admire, but we love what submits to us: in one case we are forced, in the other, we are flattered, into compliance.
There is but one law for all; namely, that law which governs all law,--the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity; the law of nature and of nations.
This minority is great and formidable. I do not know whether, if I aimed at the total overthrow of a kingdom, I should wish to be encumbered with a large body of partisans.
Those who attempt to level never equalize. In all societies consisting of various descriptions of citizens, some descriptions must be uppermost. The levelers, therefore, only change and pervert the natural order of things; they load the edifice of society by setting up in the air what the solidity of the structure requires to be on the ground.
Those who quit their proper character to assume what does not belong to them are, for the greater part, ignorant both of the character they leave and of the character they assume.
Though ugliness be the opposite of beauty, it is not the opposite to proportion and fitness; for it is possible that a thing may be very ugly with any proportions, and with a perfect fitness for any use.
To be struck with His power, it is only necessary to open our eyes.
To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty.
To govern according to the sense, and agreeably to the interests of the people is a great and glorious object of government. This object cannot be obtained but through the medium of popular election, and popular election is a mighty evil.
To please universally was the object of his life; but to tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.
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