I wish I was a despot that I might save the noble, the beautiful trees that are daily falling sacrifice to the cupidity of their owners, or the necessity of the poor. The unnecessary felling of a tree, perhaps the growth of centuries, seems to me a crime little short of murder.
Never spend your money before you have it.
What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment and death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment . . . inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.
The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.
Of all machines, the human heart is the most complicated and inexplicable.
The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.