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George Bancroft
United States Minister to the United Kingdom
In office
November 12, 1846 â€“ August 31, 1849
Preceded by Louis McLane
Succeeded by Abbott Lawrence
17th United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
March 11, 1845 â€“ September 9, 1846
Preceded by John Y. Mason
Succeeded by John Y. Mason
Personal details
Born (1800-10-03)October 3, 1800
Worcester, Massachusetts, US
Died January 17, 1891(1891-01-17) (aged 90)
Washington, D.C., US
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sarah Dwight Bancroft
Elizabeth Davis Bliss Bancroft
Alma mater Harvard University
University of Göttingen
Profession Politician, writer and historian

In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.
George Bancroft
Avarice is the vice of declining years.
By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
George Bancroft
Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect.
The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another.
George Bancroft
Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, were it possible.
The public is wiser than the wisest critic.
Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.
George Bancroft
The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.
George Bancroft
Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
George Bancroft
If reason is a universal faculty, the decision of the common mind is the nearest criterion of truth.
George Bancroft
The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.
George Bancroft
The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority.
George Bancroft
Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.
George Bancroft