The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.
An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.
A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.
It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success.
A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.
An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations.
Life is a school of probability.
A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a virtuous person with a mean mind.
A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.
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