If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.

Passion for fame: a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.

Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is curiosity.

Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.