Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession
Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle
Experience has taught us that men will not adopt and carry into execution measures the best calculated for their own good without the intervention of a coercive power
Experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing Constitution of a country
There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.
We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.