Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, 1678 - 1751
Oil on canvas by Charles d'Agar (1678)
Born: 16 September 1678, Battersea, Surrey England
Died: 12 December 1751, Battersea, London Great Britain
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- It is the modest, not the presumptuous, inquirer who makes a real and safe progress in the discovery of divine truths. One follows Nature and Nature's God; that is, he follows God in his works and in his word. permalink
letter to Alexander Pope
- Nations, like men, have their infancy. permalink
On the Study and Use of History, letter 4 (1752)
- The landed men are the true owners of our political vessel, the moneyed men are no more than passengers in it. permalink
Some Reflections on the Present State of the Nation (1753)
- The shortest and surest way of arriving at real knowledge is to unlearn the lessons we have been taught, to mount the first principles, and take nobody's word about them. permalink
quoted by Adam Woolever in Treasury of Wisdom, Wit and Humor, Odd Comparisons and Proverbs (1891)
- Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense. permalink
Reflections upon Exile (1716)
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