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Henry St. James Bolingbroke
1678 - 1751
British Tory politician

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.

We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.

Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.