Quotes by James Bryce

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James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce, OM, GCVO, FRS, PC (1838-1922), was a British jurist, historian and politician.

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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.

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.
A political career brings out the basest qualities in human nature.
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.