"Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in truth, very often owing not so much to design as chance."
"No company is preferable to bad. We are more apt to catch the vices of others than virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health."
"In my opinion, no single design is apt to be optimal for everyone."
"The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness."
"Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home."
"Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it."
"Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who posses it and this I know, my lords: that where law ends, tyranny begins."
"The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age."
"The beautiful spring came and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also."
"A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts."