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Quote Left Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement. No sound ought to be heard in the church but the healing voice of Christian charity. The cause of civil liberty and civil government gains as little as that of religion by this confusion of duties. Those who quit their proper character to assume what does not belong to them are, for the greater part, ignorant both of the character they leave and of the character they assume. Quote Right
Quote Left Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe. Quote Right
Quote Left Our patience will achieve more than our force. Quote Right
Quote Left The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. Quote Right
Quote Left Fraud and prevarication are servile vices. They sometimes grow out of the necessities, always out of the habits, of slavish and degenerate spirits. It is an erect countenance, it is a firm adherence to principle, it is a power of resisting false shame and frivolous fear, that assert our good faith and honor, and assure to us the confidence of mankind. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation. Quote Right
Quote Left To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men. Quote Right
Quote Left You can never plan the future by the past. Quote Right
Quote Left Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil. Quote Right
Quote Left When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people. Quote Right
Quote Left It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact. Quote Right
Quote Left A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. Quote Right
Quote Left No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear Quote Right
Quote Left All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Quote Right
Quote Left The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Quote Right
Quote Left Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants. Quote Right
Quote Left In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature. Quote Right
Quote Left No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. Quote Right
Quote Left Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society. Quote Right
Quote Left Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist. Quote Right
Quote Left Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair. Quote Right
Quote Left The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity. Quote Right
Quote Left Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises; it costs nothing. Quote Right
Quote Left Custom reconciles us to everything. Quote Right
Quote Left A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. Quote Right
Quote Left All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. Quote Right
Quote Left If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived. Quote Right
Quote Left Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none. Quote Right
Quote Left What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man. Quote Right