George Bancroft

George
Bancroft
1800
1891

American Historian and Statesman, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Prominent in promoting Secondary Education

Author Quotes

He that will not honor the memory, and respect the influence of Calvin, knows but little of the origin of American independence.

Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement; and if a story is told of more than common interest, ennui is sure to have its joy in adding embellishments. If hours did not hang heavy, what would become of scandal?

Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.

Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect.

The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.

If reason is a universal faculty, the decision of the common mind is the nearest criterion of truth.

Avarice is the vice of declining years.

The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority.

Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.

Ennui is the desire of activity without the fit means of gratifying the desire.

Sedition is bred in the lap of luxury and its chosen emissaries are the beggared spendthrift and the impoverished libertine.

So grasping is dishonesty, that it is no respecter of persons; it will cheat friends as well as foes; and were it possible, would cheat even God Himself.

Beauty, like truth and justice, lives within us; like virtue, and like moral law, it is a companion of the soul.

Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.

Falsehood and death are synonymous.

The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.

Author Picture
First Name
George
Last Name
Bancroft
Birth Date
1800
Death Date
1891
Bio

American Historian and Statesman, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Prominent in promoting Secondary Education