The person who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance.
The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not anyone have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows, “Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody”.
Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.
Physical evils destroy themselves, or they destroy us.
I may not be better than other people, but at least I’m different.
It is to law alone that men owe justice and liberty. It is this salutary organ, of the will of all which establishes in civil rights the natural equality between men. It is this celestial voice which dictates to each citizen the precepts of public reason, and teaches him to act according to the rules of his own judgment and not to behave inconsistently with himself. It is with this voice alone that political leaders should speak when. they command.
Peruse the works of our philosophers; with all their pomp of diction, how mean, how contemptible, are they, compared with the Scriptures! Is it possible that a book at once so simple and sublime should be merely the work of man? The Jewish authors were incapable of the diction, and strangers to the morality contained in the Gospel, the marks of whose truths are so striking and inimitable that the inventor would be a more astonishing character than the hero.
Kings wish to be absolute, and they are sometimes told that their best way to become so is to make themselves beloved by the people. This maxim is doubtless a very admirable one, and in some respects true; but unhappily it is laughed at in court.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
A loose and easy dress contributes much to give to both sexes those fine proportions of body that are observable in the Grecian statues, and which serve as models to our present artists.
The English people believes itself to be free; it is gravely mistaken; it is free only during election of members of parliament; as soon as the members are elected, the people is enslaved; it is nothing. In the brief moment of its freedom, the English people makes such a use of that freedom that it deserves to lose it.
Topics: Elections, Voting, Freedom
The mind grows narrow in proportion as the soul grows corrupt.
There are two things to be considered with regard to any scheme. In the first place, “Is it good in itself?” In the second, “Can it be easily put into practice?”
Cities are the abyss of the human species.
The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to lose time in order to gain it.
To live is not breathing it is action.
There is not a single ill-doer who could not be turned to some good.
Yes, if the life and death of Socrates are those of a wise man, the life and death of Jesus are those of a god.
Fame is but the breath of people, and that often unwholesome.
We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced.
Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.
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