It is generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles and design.
Religion, by ‘consecrating' the state, gives the people an added impetus to respect and regard their regime.
If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.
Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents', on April 23, 1770: ‘When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Society is a partnership of the dead, the living and the unborn.
The plunder of the few would, indeed, give but a share inconceivably small in the distribution to the many. But the many are not capable of making this calculation; and those who lead them to rapine never intend this distribution.