Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has any one who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth, any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.
Topics: Opportunity, Truth
Lust of power is the most flagrant of all the passions
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.
Custom adapts itself to expediency.
This I hold to be the chief office of history, to rescue virtuous actions from the oblivion to which a want of records would consign them, and that men should feel a dread of being considered infamous in the opinions of posterity, from their depraved expressions and base actions.
A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
So, as you go into battle, remember your ancestors and remember your descendants.
All things now held to be old were once new.—What today we hold up by example, will rank hereafter as precedent.
It is of eloquence as of a flame; it requires matter to feed it, and motion to excite it; and it brightens as it burns.
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