James Bryce Quotes

No wonder that, when a political career is so precarious, men of worth and capacity hesitate to embrace it. They cannot afford to be thrown out of their life’s course by a mere accident.

A political career brings out the basest qualities in human nature.

It is hard for man to make any city worthy of such surroundings as Nature has given to Rio.

We have seen that the American Constitution has changed, is changing, and by the law of its existence must continue to change, in its substance and practical working even when its words remain the same.

The nearest approach to immortality on earth is a government bureau.

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.

The Americans are a good-natured people, kindly, helpful to one another, disposed to take a charitable view even of wrongdoers… Even a mob lynching a horse thief in the West has consideration for the criminal, and will give him a good drink of whiskey before he is strung up.