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Irish political author
(1740 - 1818)
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It is an eternal truth in the political as well as the mystical body, that "where one member suffers, all the members suffer with it."
      - [Sympathy]

It is an impudent kind of sorcery to attempt to blind us with the smoke without convincing us that the fire has existed.
      - [Assertions]

It is hard to say which of the two we ought most to lament,--the unhappy man who sinks under the sense of his dishonor, or him who survives it.
      - [Dishonesty]

It is more than possible, that those who have neither character nor honor may be wounded in a very tender part,--their interest.
      - [Interest]

It is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward that is insolent whenever he dares be so.
      - [Cowards]

Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that the liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights.
      - [Press]

No outward tyranny can reach the mind. If conscience plays the tyrant, it would be greatly for the benefit of the world that she were more arbitrary, and far less placable than some find her.
      - [Conscience]

No reasonable man would be eager to possess himself of the invidious power of inflicting punishment, if he were not predetermined to make use of it.
      - [Vindictiveness]

One precedent creates another. They soon accumulate, and constitute law. What yesterday was fact, to-day is doctrine. Examples are supposed to justify the most dangerous measures; and where they do not suit exactly, the defect is supplied by analogy.
      - [Precedent]

Oppression is more easily borne than insult.
      - [Oppression]

Superstition is certainly not the characteristic of this age. Yet some men are bigoted in politics olio are infidels in religion. Ridiculous credulity!
      - [Credulity]

The character of the reputed ancestors of some men has made it possible for their descendants to be vicious in the extreme, without being degenerate; and there are some hereditary strokes of character by which a family may be as clearly distinguished as by the blackest features of the human face.
      - [Ancestry]

The coldest bodies warm with opposition, the hardest, sparkle in collision.
      - [Contrast]

The divine right of beauty is the only divine right a man can acknowledge, and a pretty woman the only tyrant he is not authorized to resist.
      - [Beauty]

The gentle breath of peace would leave him on the surface neglected and unmoved. It is only the tempest that lifts him from his place.
      - [Heroes]

The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct,, not by their professions.
      - [Conduct]

The most accomplished persons have usually some defect, some weakness in their characters, which diminishes the lustre of their brighter qualifications.
      - [Character]

The sequence of requests is obligation.
      - [Request]

The vices operate like age,--bring on disease before its time, and in the prime of youth, leave the character broken and exhausted.
      - [Vice]

The violation of party faith is of itself too common to excite surprise or indignation. Political friendships are so well understood that we can hardly pity the simplicity they deceive.
      - [Politics]

There are persons who flatter themselves that the size of their works will make them immortal. They pile up reluctant quarto upon solid folio, as if their labors, because they are gigantic, could contend with truth and heaven!
      - [Books]

There are proselytes from atheism, but done from superstition.
      - [Superstition]

There is a moment of difficulty and danger at which flattery and falsehood can no longer deceive, and simplicity itself can no longer be misled.
      - [Crisis]

They (Americans) equally detest the pageantry of a king and the supercilious hypocrisy of a bishop.
      - [Royalty]

Those who are conversant with books well know how often they mislead us when we have not a living monitor at hand to assist us in comparing practice with theory.
      - [Books]

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