James Bryce

[1st Viscount Bryce]

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.''
    James Bryce (1838-1922), British historian, politician, diplomat. The American Commonwealth, vol. 2, ch. 58 (1888).
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  • ''There is a hearty Puritanism in the view of human nature which pervades the instrument of 1787. It is the work of men who believed in original sin, and were resolved to leave open for transgressors no door which they could possibly shut.''
    James Bryce (1838-1922), British historian, politician, diplomat. The American Commonwealth, vol. 1, pt. 1, ch. 26 (1893). Said of the U.S. Constitution. Bryce was here agreeing with the opinion of one—unnamed—who said that "the American Government and Constitution are based on the theology of Calvin and the philosophy of Hobbes."

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