The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
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- Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.
- Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
- 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.
- By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
- Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
- Manners are of more importance than laws. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in.