Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world.
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- When ever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither is safe.
- Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves.
- There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity — the law of nature and of nations.
- Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.
- In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature.
- All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.