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George Bancroft Quotes

Avarice is the vice of declining years.

Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.

By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.

Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.

Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, were it possible.

If reason is a universal faculty, the decision of the common mind is the nearest criterion of truth.

In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.

The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority.

The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.

The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another.

The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.

The public is wiser than the wisest critic.

Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.

Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect.