To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
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There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.
I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.
Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.
The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.
If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.
The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions.
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.