Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other.
Systems are to be appreciated by their general effects, and not by particular exceptions.
No civilized society can long exist, with an active power in its bosom that is stronger than the law.
Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party.
The disposition of all power is to abuses, nor does it at all mend the matter that its possessors are a majority.
The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.
It is a governing principle of nature, that the agency which can produce most good, when perverted from its proper aim, is most productive of evil.
It is the besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which the masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to public opinion.
Candor is a proof of both a just frame of mind, and of a good tone of breeding. It is a quality that belongs equally to the honest man and to the gentleman.