"Politics is the
most hazardous of all professions. There is no other in which a man can hope to
do so much good to his fellow creatures-- and neither is there any in which, by
a mere loss of nerve, he may do as widespread harm. There is not another in
which he may so easily lose his soul, nor is there another in which a positive
and strict veracity is so difficult. But danger is the inseparable companion of
honor. With all its temptations and degradations that beset it, politics is
still the noblest career a man can choose."