The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
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- The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.
- Whenever our neighbor’s house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.
- Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
- I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophists, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is gone forever.
- In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute.
- A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.