Never despair but if you do, work on in despair.
There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
When bad men combine, the good must associate else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Ambition can creep as well as soar.
There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men.
All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.
We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.
Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.
Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
Remark to James Boswell when Boswell visited the Boulton Watt factory.
The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds success.
History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn.
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
The wise determine from the gravity of the case the irritable, from sensibility to oppression the high minded, from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands.
Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.
Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have right that these wants should be provided for, including the want of a sufficient restraint upon their passions.
Good order is the foundation of all things.
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist in our helper.
There never was a bad man that had ability for good service.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This conflict with difficu
There is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners, yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the worl