We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.
Power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will.
Man is a reasoning, rather than a reasonable, animal.
There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.
A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.
It is the advertiser who provides the paper for the subscriber. It is not to be disputed, that the publisher of a newspaper in this country, without a very exhaustive advertising support, would receive less reward for his labor than the humblest mechanic.
You should not have taken advantage of my sensibility to steal into my affections without my consent.
Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.
Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates.
The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right.
When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.
Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.
There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.
Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one.
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased.
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.