In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many.
Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future; and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.
Like the winds that we come we know not whence and blow whither soever they list, the forces of society are derived from an obscure and distant origin. They arise before the date of philosophy, from the instincts, not the speculations of men.
The history of mankind is confined within a limited period, and from every quarter brings an intimation that human affairs have had a beginning.
Man, in his animal capacity, is qualified to subsist in every climate.