Every one must see and feel, that bad thoughts quicklv ripen into bad actions; and that, if the latter only are forbidden, and the former left free, all morality will soon be at an end.
One murder made a villain,
Millions a hero.
Princes were privileg’d
To kill, and numbers sanctified the crime.
Ah! why will kings forget that they are men,
And men that they are brethren?
The joy resulting from the diffusion of blessings to all around us is the purest and sublimest that can ever enter the human mind, and can be conceived only by those who have experienced it. Next to the consolations of divine grace, it is the most sovereign balm to the miseries of life, both in him who is the object of it, and in him who exercises it.
One murder makes a villain; millions, a hero; numbers sanctify the crime.
He, who foresees calamities, suffers them twice over.
It was an admirable and true saying of Plutarch, “That a city may as well be built in the air, as a commonwealth or kingdom be either constituted or preserved without the support of religion.”
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