Originally consists in thinking for yourself, and not in thinking unlike other people.
Parliamentary government is simply a mild and disguised form of compulsion. We agree to try strength by counting heads instead of breaking heads, but the principle is exactly the same... The minority gives way not because it is convinced that it is wrong, but because it is convinced that it is a min
Thus hope, aided by imagination, makes one man a hero, another a somnambulist, and a third a lunatic; while it renders them all enthusiasts.
To me this question whether liberty is a good or a bad thing appears as irrational as the question whether fire is a good or a bad thing. It is both good and bad according to time, place, and circumstance, and a complete answer to the question, In what cases is liberty good and in what cases is it b
The result of cutting [political power] up into little bits is simply that the man who can sweep the greatest number into one heap will govern the rest... In a pure democracy the ruling men will be the wirepullers and their friends; but they will no more be on an equality with the voters than soldie
Persuasion, indeed, is a kind of force. It consists in showing a person the consequences of his actions. It is, in a word, force applied through the mind.
Each must act as he thinks best; and if he is wrong, so much the worse for him. We stand on a mountain pass in the midst of whirling snow and blinding mist through which we get glimpses now and then of paths which may be deceptive. If we stand still we shall be frozen to death. If we take the wrong
A liberal conservative is a man who thinks things ought to progress but would rather they remained as they are.
Used with due abstinence, hope acts as a healthful tonic; intemperately indulged, as an enervating opiate. The visions of future triumph, which at first animate exertion, if dwelt upon too intently, will usurp the place of the stern reality; and, noble objects will be contemplated, not for their own
The things which cannot be adequately represented by words are more important than those which can.
A well-judging man will open his trunk-line of study in such a direction that, while habitually adhering to it, he may enjoy a ready access to such other fields of knowledge as are most nearly related to it.
Not only are the varieties of morality innumerable, but some of them are conflicting with each other.
Power and courtly influence form an intoxicating draught even when raised to the lips of an ascetic and a saint.
Wisdom may be the ultimate arbiter, but is seldom the immediate agent in human affairs.
To try to regulate the internal affairs of a family, the relations of love or friendship, or many other things of the same sort, by law or by the coercion of public opinion, is like trying to pull an eyelash out of a man's eye with a pair of tongs. They may put out the eye, but they will never get h
To try to make men equal by altering social arrangements is like trying to make the cards of equal value by shuffling the pack.
I am indeed, sir, a surgeon to old shoes; when they are in great danger I recover them.
We bring forth weeds when our quick minds lie still.
Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. then your love would also change.
That truth should be silent I had almost forgot. (Enobarbus)
That is honor's scornWhich challenges itself as honor's bornAnd is not like the sire. Honors thriveWhen rather from our acts we them deriveThan our foregoers.
Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.
It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions. William Shakesp
We do not keep the outward form of order, where there is deep disorder in the mind.
Bid the dishonest man mend himself; if he mend, he is no longer dishonest.
Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck,And yet methinks I have astronomy.But not to tell of good or evil luck,Of plagues, of dearths, or season's quality;Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell ... Or say with princes if it shall go well ...
I'll have no husband, if you be not he.
Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.
Merrily, merrily shall I live now, Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
He that commends me to mine own content Commends me to the thing I cannot get. I to the world am like a drop of water That in the ocean seeks another drop, Who, falling there to find his fellow forth, Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself: So I, to find a mother and a brother, In quest of them, unh
My nature is subdued to what it works in, like the dyer's hand.
I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true 'The empty vessel makes the greatest sound'.
Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm.
Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness.
Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster; but I'll take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster of me he shall never make me such a fool.