He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; and he that dares not reason is a slave.
Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.
I have often said that just as the French revolution, for instance, understood itself through antiquity, I think our time can be understood through the French revolution. It is quite a natural process to use other times to understand your own time.
The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done.
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.
Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
Necessity dispenseth with decorum.
An original something, dear maid, you would wish me to write; but how shall I begin? For I’m sure I have not original in me, Excepting Original Sin.
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.