C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Whenever government abandons law, it proclaims anarchy.


A thousand years scarce serves to form a State; an hour may lay it in the dust.


Ill fares the State where many masters rule; let one be lord, one king supreme.


A State would be happy where philosophers were kings, or kings philosophers.


The work of a State in the long run is the work of the individuals composing it.

J. Stuart Mill.

In States, arms and learning have a concurrence or near sequence in time.


A nation to be great ought to be compressed in its increment by nations more civilized than itself.


Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of our blessed religion we can never hope to be a happy nation.


The ruin of a State is generally preceded by an universal degeneracy of manners and contempt of religion.


A very prosperous people, flushed with great victories and successes, are seldom so pious, so humble, so just, or so provident as to perpetuate their happiness.


Scotland by no means escaped the fate ordained for every country which is connected, but not incorporated, with another country of greater resources.


It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.


Those who attempt to level never equalize. In all societies consisting of various descriptions of citizens, some descriptions must be uppermost. The levelers, therefore, only change and pervert the natural order of things; they load the edifice of society by setting up in the air what the solidity of the structure requires to be on the ground.