It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave.
There is a very remarkable inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself, and to find every where those ideas which are most present to it.
The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.
Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.
Avarice, the spur of industry, is so obstinate a passion, and works its way through so many real dangers and difficulties, that it is not likely to be scared by an imaginary danger, which is so small that it scarcely admits of calculation.