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The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
– Edmund Burke
Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.
There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity – the law of nature and of nations.
People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Education is the cheap defense of nations.
It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs.
Ambition can creep as well as soar.
Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
To innovate is not to reform.
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
The traveller has reached the end of the journey!
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.
Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
Beauty is the promise of happiness.
You can never plan the future by the past.
Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.
Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.