This I hold to be the chief office of history, to rescue virtuous actions from the oblivion to which a want of records would consign them, and that men should feel a dread of being considered infamous in the opinions of posterity, from their depraved expressions and base actions.
It is of eloquence as of a flame; it requires matter to feed it, and motion to excite it; and it brightens as it burns.
All things now held to be old were once new. — What today we hold up by example, will rank hereafter as precedent.
Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has any one who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth, any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.
Topics: Opportunity, Truth
Lust of power is the most flagrant of all the passions
So, as you go into battle, remember your ancestors and remember your descendants.
Custom adapts itself to expediency.
A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
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