Henry St John Viscount Bolingbroke

Always to think the worst, I have ever found to be the mark of a mean spirit and a base soul.


Cunning . . . is but the low mimic of wisdom.


Der bescheidener Forscher ist der, der wirklichen und sicheren Fortschritt bringt.


Freiheit ist für die Gesellschaft das, was die Gesundheit für den einzelnen ist. Ohne Freiheit kann es kein Glück für die Gesellschaft geben.


Geschichte ist eine Philosophie, die uns durch Beispiele lehrt.


It is a very easy thing to devise good laws; the difficulty is to make them effective. The great mistake is that of looking upon men as virtuous, or thinking that they can be made so by laws; and consequently the greatest art of a politician is to render vices serviceable to the cause of virtue.


Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.


Nations, like men, have their infancy.


Pride is observed to defeat its own end, by bringing the man who seeks esteem and reverence into contempt.


The great mistake is that of looking upon men as virtuous, or thinking that they can be made so by laws.


The greatest art of a politician is to render vice serviceable to the cause of virtue.


They make truth serve as a stalking-horse to error.


They [Thucydides and Xenophon] maintained the dignity of history.


Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense.


We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.


What a world is this, and how does fortune banter us!


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