Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force
Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape
The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority
Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement
Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect.
If reason is a universal faculty, the decision of the common mind is the nearest criterion of truth.
Institutions may crumble and governments fall, but it is only that they may renew a better youth, and mount upwards like the eagle.
In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.
The public is wiser than the wisest critic.
The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another.
By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
By common consent grey hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
Sedition is bred in the lap of luxury and its chosen emissaries are the beggared spendthrift and the impoverished libertine.
Avarice is the vice of declining years.