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British Statesman and Philosopher, 1729-1797
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"What is liberty without...virtue? It is...madness, without restraint.
Men are qualified for liberty in exact proportion to their disposition
to put moral chains upon their own appetites."
A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood
A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.
A nation without the means of reform is without the means of survival
A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.
A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.
A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.
A rapacious and licentious soldiery.
A state without some means of change is without the means of its conservation
A thing may look specious in theory, and yet be ruinous in practice; a thing may look evil in theory, and yet be in practice excellent.
A very good part of the mischief that vex the world arises from words
Abstract liberty, like other mere abstractions, is not to be found.
Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This conflict with difficu
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice
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All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.
Ambition can creep as well as soar.
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