The history of mankind is confined within a limited period, and from every quarter brings an intimation that human affairs have had a beginning.
In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many.
The artist finds, that the more he can confine his attention to a particular part of any work, his productions are the more perfect, and grow under his hands in the greater quantities.
Like the winds that we come we know not whence and blow whither soever they list, the forces of society are derived from an obscure and distant origin. They arise before the date of philosophy, from the instincts, not the speculations of men.