If, in examining the proofs of a crime, acuteness and dexterity be required; if clearness and precision be necessary in summing up the result; to judge of the result itself, nothing is wanting but plain and ordinary good sense, a less fallacious guide than the knowledge of a judge accustomed to find guilty, and to reduce all things to an artificial system, borrowed from his studies.
Every violent action destroys those small alterations in the features, which sometimes disclose the sentiments of the heart. Neither the power of eloquence, nor the sublimest truths, are sufficient to restrain, for any length of time, those passions which are excited by the lively impression of present objects.
The laws receive their force and authority from an oath of fidelity, either tacit or expressed, which living subjects have sworn to their sovereign, in order to restrain the intestine fermentation of the private interests of individuals. If censors, and, in general, arbitrary magistrates, be necessary in any government, it proceeds from some fault in the constitution.
The Edition: current; Page:  necessity of protecting the informer from infamy. So that the very means employed to distinguish the innocent from the guilty, will most effectually destroy all difference between them.
It is opinion, that tormentor of the wise and the ignorant, that has exalted the appearance of virtue above virtue itself.