To special legislation we are generally averse lest a principle of favoritism should creep in and pervert that of equal rights. It has, however, been done on some occasions where a special national advantage has been expected to overweigh that of adherence to the general rule.
We are bound, you, I, and every one to make common cause, even with error itself, to maintain the common right of freedom of conscience.
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.
We think in America that it is necessary to introduce the people into every department of government as far as they are capable of exercising it; and that this is the only way to ensure a long-continued and honest administration of its powers. 1. They are not qualified to exercise themselves the EXECUTIVE department: but they are qualified to name the person who shall exercise it. With us therefore they chuse this officer every four years. 2. They are not qualified to LEGISLATE. With us therefore they only chuse the legislators. 3. They are not qualified to JUDGE questions of law; but they are very capable of judging questions of fact. In the form of JURIES therefore they determine all matters of fact, leaving to the permanent judges to decide the law resulting from those facts. But we all know that permanent judges acquire an esprit de corps; that, being known, they are liable to be tempted by bribery; that they are misled by favor, by relationship, by a spirit of party, by a devotion to the executive or legislative; that it is better to leave a cause to the decision of cross and pile than to that of a judge biased to one side; and that the opinion of twelve honest jurymen gives still a better hope of right than cross and pile does. It is left therefore, to the juries, if they think the permanent judges are under any bias whatever in any cause, to take on themselves to judge the law as well as the fact. They never exercise this power but when they suspect partiality in the judges; and by the exercise of this power they have been the firmest bulwarks of English liberty.
It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.
He that has seen both sides of fifty has lived to little purpose if he has no other views of the world than he had when he was much younger.
The man that hails you tom or jack, and proves by thumps upon your back how he esteems your merit, is such a friend, that one had need be very much his friend indeed to pardon or to bear it.
As the Greek said, “Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise.”
There is no republican road to safety but in constant distrust.
To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship.
The question of how and why the encrustations and rigidifications of human emotional life are brought about led directly into the realm of vegetative life.
If you’re an investor, you’re looking on what the asset is going to do, if you’re a speculator, you’re commonly focusing on, what the price of the object is going to do, and that’s not our game.
The language that reveals also obscures.
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
I feel as if it is with the people as with the grain: if one is not sown as a seed in the ground to germinate, so what, then you grind just to make bread.
She felt more deeply, more passionately, every year. It increased, he said. Alas, perhaps, but one should be glad of it- it went on increasing in his experience.
The rude rabble are enraged; now firebrands and stones fly.
The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination.
A person might appear poor, distressed, and depressed to ordinary mortals; he might not have the exterior demonstration of devotion, but God could be ever installed in his heart, guiding and guarding him. He might be doing all acts as acts of worship to the God residing in his heart.
The first evil choice or act is linked to the second; and each one to the one that follows, both by the tendency of our evil nature and by the power of habit, which holds us as by a destiny.