I have written on all sorts of subjects… yet I have no enemies; except indeed all the Whigs, all the Tories, and all the Christians.
A man acquainted with history may, in some respect, be said to have lived from the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual additions to his stock of knowledge in every century.
Human Nature is the only science of man; and yet has been hitherto the most neglected.
Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable passions.
What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call ‘thought’.
The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds, as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding, and as it strengthens virtue.
Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.
To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive.
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches.