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.
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.