All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
Society is indeed a contract. It is a partnership in all science a partnership in all art a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.
The credulity of dupes is as inexhaustible as the invention of knaves
A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.
Equity money is dynamic and debt money is static.
There is a courageous wisdom there is also a false reptile prudence, the result, not of caution, but of fear.
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
The marketplace obliges men, whether they will or not, in pursuing their own selfish interests, to connect the general good with their own individual success
The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blanches, the thought that never wanders, the purpose that never wavers - these are the masters of victory.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power but they will never look to anything but power for their relief.
A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.
In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute.
'War,' says Machiavelli, 'ought to be the only study of a prince' and by a prince he means every sort of state, however constituted. 'He ought,' says this great political doctor, 'to consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes ability to execute military plans. 'A meditation on the conduct of political societies made old Hobbes imagine that war was the state of nature.
History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn.
It is hard to say whether the doctors of law or divinity have made the greater advances in the lucrative business of mystery.
The yielding of the weak is the concession to fear.
Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
You can never plan the future by the past.
Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere.
Man acts from adequate motives relative to his interest, and not on metaphysical speculations
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Our patience will achieve more than our force.
What is liberty without...virtue It is...madness, without restraint.Men are qualified for liberty in exact proportion to their dispositionto put moral chains upon their own appetites.
Some decent, regulated preeminence, some preference given to birth, is neither unnatural nor unjust nor impolite
If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.
To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty
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