I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
You can never plan the future by the past.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist in our helper.
Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This conflict with difficulty makes us acquainted with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.