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.
The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
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.
Falsehood is a perennial spring.
Whenever our neighbour's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.
I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice.
If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.
If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.
To innovate is not to reform.
A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.