Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
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- Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.
- Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
- A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
- When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
- Young man, there is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners.
- The objects of a financier are, then, to secure an ample revenue; to impose it with judgment and equality; to employ it economically; and, when necessity obliges him to make use of credit, to secure its foundations in that instance, and for ever, by the clearness and candor of his proceedings, the exactness of his calculations, and the solidity of his funds.