Compassion to an offender who has grossly violated the laws is, in effect, a cruelty to the peaceable subject who has observed them.
The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions.
As for the differences of opinion upon speculative questions, if we wait till they are reconciled, the action of human affairs must be suspended forever. But neither are we to look for perfection in any one man, nor for agreement among many.
I hold myself indebted to any one from whose enlightened understanding another ray of knowledge communicates to mine. Really to inform the mind is to correct and enlarge the heart.
There is a holy mistaken zeal in politics as well as religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves.
Oppression is more easily endured than insult.
Integrity is praised and then left out in the cold.
Let all your views in life be directed to a solid, however moderate, independence; without it no man can be happy, nor even honest.
How much easier is it to be generous than just.
The right of election is the very essence of the constitution.
It is a maxim received in life that, in general, we can determine more wisely for others than for ourselves. The reason of it is so dear in argument that it hardly wants the confirmation of experience.
The lives of the best of us are spent in choosing between evils.
The Liberty of the press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman.
It is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward who is insolent whenever he dares be so.
The injustice done to an individual is sometimes of service to the public.
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