American Politician, U.S. Representative from Maine and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Most new things are not good and die an early death; but those, which push themselves forward, and by slow degree force themselves on the attention of mankind are the unconscious productions of human wisdom and must have honest consideration, and must not be made the subject of unreasoning prejudice.
They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.
To say that a thing has never yet been done among men is to erect a barrier stronger than reason, stronger than discussion.
If there's one thing for which I admire you, it's your original discovery of the Ten Commandments.
It is a very lonely life that a man leads, who becomes aware of truths before their times.
The reason why the race of man moves slowly is because it must move all together.
The truth survives, the untruth perishes. Men have but little capacity for the recognition of truth at first sight, and of a hundred things which seem plausible, it is fortunate if one be true. Hence it is well that all things should be held at arm’s length and stand the scrutiny of our prejudices and interests, of our religion and our skepticism.