Nothing except the mint can make money without advertising.
The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?
I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended below the dignity of history if I can succeed in placing before the English of the nineteenth century a true picture of the life of their ancestors.
Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.
And to say that society ought to be governed by the opinion of the wisest and best, though true, is useless. Whose opinion is to decide who are the wisest and best?
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and most ignorant part of the society.
Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read.
To punish a man because we infer from the nature of some doctrine which he holds, or from the conduct of other persons who hold the same doctrines with him, that he will commit a crime, is persecution, and is, in every case, foolish and wicked.
Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.
People crushed by law have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws.
Reform, that we may preserve.
To sum up the whole, we should say that the aim of the Platonic philosophy was to exalt man into a god.
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