Nor is it a short experience that can instruct us [...], because the real effects of moral causes are not always immediate; that which in the first instance is prejudicial may be excellent in its remoter operation, and its excellence may arise even from the ill effects it produces in the beginning.
Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
The greatest gift is a passion for reading.
They never will love where they ought to love, who do not hate where they ought to hate.
If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver, and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings.