The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.
Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.
I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.
It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
You can never plan the future by the past.
What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.
Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty helps us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.
Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference, which is, at least, half infidelity.
To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.
There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests; which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates; but parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purposes, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole. You choose a member indeed; but when you have chosen him, he is not a member of Bristol, but he is a member of parliament.
Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations -- wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.