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British Statesman and Philosopher, 1729-1797
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Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist
An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.
And having looked to Government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them
Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover.
Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
Law and lawyersTyranny
Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring withtheir importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle. . . chewthe cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make thenoise are the only inhabitants of the field; that, of course, they aremany in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little,shriveled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome _insects_ ofthe hour.
Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than be ruined by too confident a security
But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever.
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.
Custom reconciles us to everything
Dangers by being despised grow great
Early and provident fear is the mother of safety
Education is the cheap defense of nations
Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
Facts are to the mind what food is to the body
Falsehood is a perennial spring.
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