When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.
No man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him.
Party is a body of men united for promoting by their joint endeavours the national interest upon some particular principle in which they are all agreed.
We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
Wise men will apply their remedies to vices, not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not to the occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear. Otherwise you will be wise historically, a fool in practice.