Best Quotes by James Bryce (Top 10)

  1. The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
  2. Medicine, the only profession that labors incessantly to destroy the reason for its existence.
  3. To most people, nothing is more troublesome than the effort of thinking.
  4. 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.
  5. Three-fourths of the mistakes a man makes are made because he does not really know what he thinks he knows.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. The chief practical use of history is to deliver us from plausible historical analogies.
  9. A political career brings out the basest qualities in human nature.
  10. The People, though we think of a great entity when we use the word, means nothing more than so many millions of individual men.