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Quote Left The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it. Quote Right
Quote Left The great men among the ancients understood very well how to reconcile manual labour with affairs of state, and thought it no lessening to their dignity to make the one the recreation to the other. That indeed which seems most generally to have employed and diverted their spare hours, was agriculture. Gideon among the Jews was taken from threshing, as well as Cincinnatus amongst the Romans from the plough, to command the armies of their countries...and, as I remember, Cyrus thought gardening so little beneath the dignity and grandeur of a throne, that he showed Xenophon a large field of fruit trees all of his own planting . . . Delving, planting, inoculating, or any the like profitable employments would be no less a diversion than any of the idle sports in fashion, if men could be brought to delight in them. Quote Right
Quote Left Things of this world are in so constant a flux, that nothing remains long in the same state. Quote Right
Quote Left Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided. Quote Right
Quote Left Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. One great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected. Quote Right
Quote Left Had the King of Spain employed the hands of his people, and his Spanish iron so, he had brought to light but little of that treasure that lay so long hid in the dark entrails of America. Quote Right
Quote Left Earthly minds, like mud walls, resist the strongest batteries; and though, perhaps, somethimes the force of a clear argument may make some impression, yet they nevertheless stand firm, keep out the enemy, truth, that would captivate or disturbe them. Quote Right
Quote Left Nihil est in intellectu quod non fuit prius in sensu : Nothing is in the understanding, which was not first perceived by some of the senses. Quote Right
Quote Left There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse. Quote Right
Quote Left All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it. Quote Right
Quote Left Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, unknown, arbitrary will of another man. Quote Right
Quote Left An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards. Quote Right
Quote Left I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment. Quote Right
Quote Left I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits. Quote Right
Quote Left Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing. Quote Right
Quote Left A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world. Quote Right
Quote Left Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself. Quote Right
Quote Left I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts Quote Right
Quote Left A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world Quote Right
Quote Left Practice conquers the habit of doing, without reflecting on the rule. Quote Right
Quote Left A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else. Quote Right
Quote Left New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. Quote Right
Quote Left Where there is no property there is no injustice. Quote Right
Quote Left We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us. Quote Right
Quote Left I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. Quote Right
Quote Left All wealth is the product of labor. Quote Right
Quote Left The discipline of desire is the background of character. Quote Right
Quote Left If all political power be derived only from Adam, and be to descend only to his successive heirs, by the ordinance of God and divine instituti... Quote Right
Quote Left Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding. Quote Right
Quote Left Till a man can judge whether they be truths or not, his understanding is but little improved, and thus men of much reading, though greatly learned, but may be little knowing. Quote Right