She thoroughly understands what no other Church has ever understood, how to deal with enthusiasts.
Turn where we may, within, around, the voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve!
Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
None of the modes by which a magistrate is appointed, popular election, the accident of the lot, or the accident of birth, affords, as far as we can perceive, much security for his being wiser than any of his neighbours.
That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.
Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.
We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.
The effect of violent dislike between groups has always created an indifference to the welfare and honor of the state.
A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot.
Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from the birth as a paternal, or, in other words, a meddling government, a government which tells them what to read, and say, and eat, and drink and wear.