Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.
To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive.
You should not take a fellow eight years old and make him swear to never kiss the girls.
Advocates of ‘free speech’ often repeat the mantra that the best response to bad speech is more and better speech, not the suppression of the bad stuff.
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
If you get simple beauty and naught else, you get about the best thing God invents.
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.
There is a very remarkable inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself, and to find every where those ideas which are most present to it.
The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.
The law always limits every power it gives.