The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.

Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)

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Ambition can creep as well as soar.

I have in general no very exalted opinion of the virtue of paper government.

On Conciliation with America (1775)

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.