The spirit of politeness is a desire to bring about by our words and manners, that others may be pleased with us and with themselves.
What orators lack in depth, they make up to you in length.
As virtue is necessary in a republic, and honor in a monarchy, fear is what is required in a despotism.—As for virtue, it is not at all necessary, and honor would be dangerous there.
Vanity is as advantageous to a government, as pride is dangerous.
Too austere a philosophy makes few wise men; too rigorous politics, few good subjects; too hard a religion, few persons whose devotion is of long continuance.
If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
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But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go.
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