The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
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- The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful.
- It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work.
- Crowds without company, dissipation without pleasure.
- Style is the image of character.
- The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.
- The urgent consideration of the public safety may undoubtedly authorize the violation of every positive law. How far that or any other consideration may operate to dissolve the natural obligations of humanity and justice, is a doctrine of which I still desire to remain ignorant.