To innovate is not to reform.
Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.
People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.
Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.
Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.
The traveller has reached the end of the journey!
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations.
Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.