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The march of the human mind is slow.
 

The method of teaching which approaches most nearly to the method of investigation, is incomparably the best; since, not content with serving up a few barren and lifeless truths, it leads to the stock on which they grew.
[Teaching]
 

The more accurately we search into the human mind, the stronger traces we everywhere find of the wisdom of Him who made it.
[Mind]
 

The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.
 

The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blenches, the thought that never wanders,-these are the masters of victory.
[Perseverance]
 

The only liberty that is valuable, is a liberty  connected with order; that not only exists with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle.
[Liberty]
 

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
 

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
[Liberty]
 

The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.
 

The road to eminence and power from obscure condition ought not to be made too easy, nor a thing too much of course. If rare merit be the rarest of all rare things, it ought to pass through some sort of probation. The temple of honor ought to be seated on an eminence. If it be open through virtue, let it be remembered, too, that virtue is never tried but by some difficulty and some struggle.
 

The traveler has reached the end of the journey!
 

The true danger is, when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.
[Liberty]
 

The truly sublime is always easy, and always natural.
 

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
 

The wisdom of our ancestors.
 

The wise determine from the gravity of the case; the irritable, from sensibility to oppression; the high-minded, from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands.
[Judgment]
 

The writers against religion, while they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own.
[Religion]
 

There are cases in which a man would be ashamed not to have been imposed upon. There is a confidence necessary to human intercourse, and without which men are often more injured by their own suspicions, than they could be by the perfidy of others.
[Confidence]
 

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
[Imagination]
 

There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false reptile prudence, the result, not of caution, but of fear.
 


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