The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.
Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.
It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value.
Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it.
Amid the pressure of great events, a general principle gives no help.
When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.
We do not need to be shoemakers to know if our shoes fit, and just as little have we any need to be professionals to acquire knowledge of matters of universal interest.
Too fair to worship, too divine to love.
An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.
Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.