The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight nothing which is more important than his own personal safety is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.
Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
A person may cause evil to others, not only by his actions, but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.
The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius mental vigor and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
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