Laws too gentle, are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
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- God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.
- I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan, and, cutting off all amusements or other employments that would divert his attention, make the execution of that same plan his sole study and business.
- Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.
- Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
- It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
- Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.