Quotations by George Bancroft

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Born: Friday, October 3, 1800
Died: Saturday, January 17, 1891 (90 years old)
Profession: Historian
Nationality: American

Avarice is the vice of declining years.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Vice, 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.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Beauty, Truth, Soul, Virtue, Infinite, Justice, Law)

By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Envy, Glory, Respect)

Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Conscience, Errors)

Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, were it possible.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: God, Dishonesty)

If reason is a universal faculty, the decision of the common mind is the nearest criterion of truth.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Truth, Decision, Mind, Reason)

In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Tongue)

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.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Government, People, Development, Authority, Opinion, Property, Public, Public opinion)

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.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Intelligence, Civilization, Progress, Wealth, Force, Measure, Mind)

The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Men, Class, Rights, Measure)

The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: First, Ignorance, Interest)

The public is wiser than the wisest critic.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Public)

Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Truth, Amusement, Neighbors)

Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: People, Authority, Rights, Respect)

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