The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
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.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
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.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.
Good order is the foundation of all things.
Our patience will achieve more than our force.
It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
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.
Beauty is the promise of happiness.
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