“When the mechanic has to mend a watch he lets the wheels run out; but the living watchworks of the state have to be repaired while they act, and a wheel has to be exchanged for another during its revolutions.”
- I feel an army in my fist.
- Die Räuber (The Robbers), Act II (1781)
- To save all we must risk all.
- Fiesco, in Fiesco; or, the Genoese Conspiracy (1783) Act IV, Sc vi