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British Statesman and Philosopher, 1729-1797
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It is one of the finest problems in legislation, what the state ought to take upon itself to direct and what it ought to leave, with as little interference as possible, to individual discretion
It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact
It is undoubtedly the business of ministers very much to consult the inclinations of the people, but they ought to take great care that they do not receive that inclination from the few persons who may happen to approach them
It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs.
It's extremely difficult to lead further than you have gone yourself.
Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
Law and arbitrary power are at eternal enmity
Law and lawyersPower
Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed
Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
Make the revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions
Man acts from adequate motives relative to his interest, and not on metaphysical speculations
Man is by his constitution a religious animal.
Manners are of more importance than laws... Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in.
Men are qualified for civil liberties in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their appetites: in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity
Civil rightsJusticeLibertyMankindMenMorality
Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
Never despair, but if you do, work in despair
Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair
Next to love, sympathy is the divinest passion of the human heart
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