It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice.
An individual, thinking himself injured, makes more noise than a State.
Excessive taxation ... will carry reason and reflection to every man's door, and particularly in the hour of election.
I don't want them to kill no hog ... I want a man to go to that chair, on his own two feet.
An hereditary aristocracy... will change the form of our governments from the best to the worst in the world.
I am not myself apt to be alarmed at innovations recommended by reason. That dread belongs to those whose interests or prejudices shrink from the advance of truth and science.
A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not an article for mere consumption, but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.
There is no justification for taking away individuals' freedom in the guise of public safety.
There is a debt of service due from every man to his country, proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him.
The foundation on which (our government is) built is the natural equality of man, the denial of every pre-eminence but that annexed to legal office, and particularly the denial of a pre-eminence by birth.
The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice.
Health, learning and virtue will ensure your happiness; they will give
you a quiet conscience, private esteem and public honour.
The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and in-grafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
If virtuous, the government need not fear the fair operation of attack and defense. Nature has given to man no other means of sifting the truth, either in religion, law, or politics.
The concentrating of powers in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government. It will be no alleviation that these powers will be exercised by a plurality of hands, and not by a single one.
Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
I believe in good luck, and the harder I work and the more I believe in myself, the luckier I get.
God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion... We have had thirteen States independent for eleven years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half, for each State. What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion.
Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.
Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free.
Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them.
Whiskey claims to itself alone the exclusive office of sot-making.
It is in the love of one's family only that heartfelt happiness is known.
Where thought is free in its range, we need never fear to hazard what is good in itself.
Man is not made for the State but the State for man and it derives its just powers only from the consent of the governed.
It is a misnomer to call a government republican in which a branch of the supreme power is independent of the nation.
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
And, in general, that branch which is to act ultimately and without appeal on any law is the rightful expositor of the validity of the law, uncontrolled by the opinions of the other coordinate authorities.
If thinking men would have the courage to think for themselves, and to speak what they think, it would be found they do not differ in religious opinions as much as is supposed.
I join you therefore in branding as cowardly the idea that the human mind is incapable of further advances.
When habit has strengthened our sense of duties, they leave us no time for other things; but when young we neglect them and this gives us time for anything.
For Heaven's sake discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum.
An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.
An elective despotism was not the government we fought for, but one which should not only be founded on true free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among general bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.
He who is permitted by law to have no property of his own, can with difficulty conceive that property is founded in anything but force.
The rational and peaceable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people.
The earth belongs always to the living generation.
If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government.
Every people may establish what form of government they please, and change it as they please, the will of the nation being the only thing essential.
Never trust a man who won't accept that there is more than one way to spell a word Paraphrased.
Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life.
The eyes of our citizens are not sufficiently open to the true cause of our distress. They ascribe them to everything but their true cause, the banking system.
I would observe to you that what is called style in writing or speaking is formed very early in life while the imagination is warm, and impressions are permanent.
All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution.
Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous..
I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man.
It is to them I look, to the rising generation, and not to the one now in power, for these great reformations i.e., emancipation of slaves and settlement of the Virginia constitution on a firmer and more permanent basis.
I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.
By making this wine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt.
If the happiness of the mass of mankind can be secured at the expense of a little tempest now and then, or even of a little blood, it will be a precious purchase.
The love of justice and the love of country plead equally the cause of these people, and it is a moral reproach to us that they should have pleaded it so long in vain.
Although our prospect is peace, our policy and purpose are to provide for defense by all those means to which our resources are competent.
Resisting tyranny is obeying God.
Wine brightens the life and thinking of anyone.
I pledge undying hostility to any government restrictions on the free minds of the people.
I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
The ground I have already passed over enables me to see my way into that which is before me.
We should be determined... to sever ourselves from the union we so much value rather than give up the rights of self-government... in which alone we see liberty, safety and happiness.
The best defense of democracy is an informed electorate.
I have so much confidence in the good sense of man, and his qualifications for self-government, that I am never afraid of the issue where reason is left free to exert her force.
Inspirational Quotes on: Honesty, Simplicity, Secret, Universe, Modesty, Peace
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Error indeed has often prevailed by the assistance of power or force. Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error.
Let common sense and common honesty have fair play, and they will soon set things to rights.
Every man's reason is his own rightful umpire. This principle, with that of acquiescence in the will of the majority, will preserve us free and prosperous as long as they are sacredly observed.
Falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.
If we did a good act merely from love of God and a belief that it is pleasing to Him, whence arises the morality of the Atheist? ...Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God.
Is it less dishonest to do what is wrong because it is not expressly prohibited by written law? Let us hope our moral principles are not yet in that stage of degeneracy.
We should talk over the lessons of the day, or lose them in Music, Chess, or the merriments of our family companions.
Nothing was or is farther from my intentions, than to enlist myself as the champion of a fixed opinion, where I have only expressed doubt.
To consider judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.
Rogueries, absurdities and untruths were perpetrated upon the teachings of Jesus by a large band of dupes and importers led by Paul, the first great corrupter of the teaching of Jesus.
With nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from our moral duties.
I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.
The wisdom of our ages and the blood of our heroes has been devoted to the attainment of trial by jury. It should be the creed of our political faith.
An acre of the best ground for hemp, is to be selected and sewn in hemp and be kept for a permanent hemp patch.
To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.
If the book be false in its facts, disprove them; if false in its reasoning, refute it. But, for God's sake, let us freely hear both sides, if we choose.
Our part is to pursue with steadiness what is right, turning neither to right nor left for the intrigues or popular delusions of the day, assured that the public approbation will in the end be with us.
I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.
It is for the benefit of mankind to mitigate the horrors of war as much as possible.
So much of the presidency is a matter of standing in the path of a Newsham Engine for Quenching Fires, opening one's mouth, and attempting to get a drink.
I see the necessity of sacrificing our opinions sometimes to the opinions of others for the sake of harmony.
If I had to choose between government and a free press, I would choose a free press.
The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep he waters pure.
If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off.
If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education.
The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor am I.
A republic will avoid war unless the avoidance might create conditions that are worse than warfare itself. Sometimes, the dispositions of those who choose to make themselves our enemies leaves us no choice.
The moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as that of feeling, seeing, or hearing.
The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all.
Legislators invent too many devices for subdividing property, only taking care to let their subdivisions go hand in hand with the natural affections of the human mind.
Men fight for freedom; then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.
If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.
If I could not go to heaven with but a party, I would not go there at all. Therefore, I am not of the party of federalists. But I am much further from that of the anti-federalists.
My confidence is that there will for a long time be virtue and good sense enough in our countrymen to correct abuses.
All power is inherent in the people.
Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.
The dignity of parliament it seems can brook no opposition to it's power. Strange that a set of men who have made sale of theirvirtue to the minister should yet talk of retaining dignity!
The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.
The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents.
The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.
Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs.
Men possessing minds of the first order and who have had opportunities of being known and of acquiring the general confidence do not abound in any country beyond the wants of the country.
It would not be for the public good to have a majority in Congress of one party greater than two to one.
Happiness is the aim of life. Virtue is the foundation of happiness. Utility is the test of virtue. If the wise be the happy man, as the sages say, he must be virtuous too; for without virtue, happiness cannot be.
The legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions.
What an augmentation of the field for jobbing, speculating, plundering, office-building and office-hunting would be produced by an assumption of all the state powers into the hands of the general government.
The mass of the citizens is the safest depositary of their own rights.
Natural rights are the objects for the protection of which society is formed and municipal laws established.
The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.
A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.
A true patriot will defend his country from its government.
Nothing betrays imbecility so much as the being insensible of it.
Certainly, no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the General Government.
The qualifications for self-government in society are not innate. they are the result of habit and long training.
Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.
The execution of the laws is more important than the making of them.
I never before knew the full value of trees. Under them I breakfast, dine, write, read and receive my company.
How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!
The right of self-government does not comprehend the government of others.
It is my principle that the will of the majority should always prevail.
The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.
The minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.
The human character, we believe, requires in general constant and immediate control to prevent its being biased from right by the seductions of self-love.
Knowing that religion does not furnish grosser bigots than law, I expect little from old judges.
No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it.
A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the highest virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means.
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
I am a sect by myself, as far as I know.
I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
The office of reformer of the superstitions of a nation is ever dangerous.
The office of reformer of the superstitions of a nation, is ever more dangerous. Jesus had to work on the perilous confines of reason and religion; and a step to the right or left might place him within the grasp of the priests of the superstition, a bloodthirsty race, as cruel and remorseless as the being whom they represented as the family God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, and the local God of Israel. That Jesus did not mean to impose himself on mankind as the son of God, physically speaking, I have been convinced by the writings of men more learned than myself in that lore.
I have overlived the generation with which mutual labors and perils begat mutual confidence and influence.
I have learned to be less confident in the conclusions of human reason, and give more credit to the honesty of contrary opinions.
The benefit of even limited monopolies is too doubtful, to be opposed to that of their general suppression.
We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.
And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and libraries of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them.
And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and liberties of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them. In short, the flames kindled on the fourth of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.
Common sense is the foundation of all authorities, of the laws themselves, and of their construction.
No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity.
The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven. I can scarcely expect bread.
Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise, in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
Though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable.
Everyone must act according to the dictates of his own reason.
If you have to eat crow, eat it while it's young and tender.
Establish the eternal truth that acquiescence under insult is not the way to escape war.
I may grow rich by an art I am compelled to follow; I may recover health by medicines I am compelled to take against my own judgment; but I cannot be saved by a worship I disbelieve and abhor.
The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty ... students perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens.
It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order.
I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.
He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.
A democratic society depends upon an informed and educated citizenry.
Anarchy is necessarily consequent to inefficiency.
What all agree upon is probably right; what no two agree in most probably is wrong.
A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
Nothing is more incumbent on the old than to know when they should get out of the way and relinquish to younger successors the honors they can no longer earn, and the duties they can no longer perform.
He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of them.
Eternal Vigilance is the price of democracy.
I am savage enough to prefer the woods, the wilds, and the independence of Monticello, to all the brilliant pleasures of this gay capital Paris.
I shall rejoin myself to my native country, with new attachments, and with exaggerated esteem for its advantages; for though there is less wealth there, there is more freedom, more ease, and less misery.
From candlelight to early bedtime, I read.
If the Wise be the happy man... he must be virtuous too; for, without virtue, happiness cannot be. This then is the true scope of all academical emulation.
Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise.
Life is of no value but as it brings gratifications. among the most valuable of these is rational society. it informs the mind, sweetens the temper, chears our spirits, and promotes health.
But this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror.
A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.
We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.
Neither believe nor reject any thing because any other person, or description of persons have rejected or believed it. Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven.
Although a republican government is slow to move, yet when once in motion, its momentum becomes irresistible.
Paper is poverty. It is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.
Some men look at Constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them, like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and forty years of experience in Government is worth a century of book-reading; and this they would say themselves, were they to rise from the dead.
It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet that the one is not three, and the three are not one.
The hole and the patch should be commensurate.
My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!
From forty years' experience of the wretched guess-work of the newspapers of what is not done in open daylight, and of their falsehood even as to that, I rarely think them worth reading, and almost never worth notice.
The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
The people cannot be all, and always well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive.
If God is just, I tremble for my country.
Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
All we can do is to make the best of our friends, love and cherish what is good in them, and keep out of the way what is bad.
All we can do is to make the best of our friends: love and cherish what is good in them, and keep out of the way of what is bad: but no more think of rejecting them for it than of throwing away a piece of music for a flat passage or two.
Body and mind both unemployed, our being becomes a burthen, and every object about us loathsome, even the dearest. Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondria, and that a diseased body.
Laws provide against injury from others; but not from ourselves.
How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. .
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Still less let it be proposed that our properties within our own territories shall be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.
The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good.
If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?
I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
How did Jefferson feel about the people of his day who were the equivalent of our modern day penecostals? You know, those revelation reveling tongue speaking idiots.
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
But of all the views of this law universal education none is more important, none more legitimate, than that of rendering the people the safe, as they are the ultimate, guardians of their own liberty.
A rising nation, spread over a wide and fruitful Land, traversing all the seas with the rich production of their Industry.
A government big enough to give you everything you need is government big enough to take away everything you have.
Morals were too essential to the happiness of man, to be risked on the uncertain combinations of the head. Nature laid their foundation, therefore, in sentiment, not in science.
Our civil rights have no dependence upon our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry.
The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrant. It is its natural manure.
History has informed us that bodies of men as well as individuals are susceptible of the spirit of tyranny.
The sickly, weakly, timid man fears the people, and is a Tory by nature. The healthy, strong and bold cherishes them, and is formed a Whig by nature.
Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science by rendering them my supreme delight.
The contest is not between us and them, but between good and evil, and if those who would fight evil adopt the ways of evil, evil wins.
Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.
A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.
I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.
I wish to see this beverage become common instead of the whiskey which kills sone-third of our citizens and ruins their families.
If you serve humanity, you serve humanity's God.
Would it not be better to simplify the system of taxation rather than to spread it over such a variety of subjects and pass through so many new hands.
No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another; and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.
Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.
The man who would choose security over freedom deserves neither.
A truth now and then projecting into the ocean of newspaper lies serves like headlands to correct our course. Indeed, my scepticism as to everything I see in a newspaper makes me indifferent whether I ever see one.
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
The fortune of our lives depends on employing well the short period of our youth.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
A little rebellion now and then is a good thing. Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. In order to flourish, the tree of Liberty needs the blood of patriots and tyrants.
The constitutional freedom of religion is the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights.
If by religion we are to understand sectarian dogmas, in which no two of them agree, then your exclamation on that hypothesis is just, "that this would be the best of worlds if there were no religion in it.
We are sensible of the duty and expediency of submitting our opinions to the will of the majority, and can wait with patience till they get right if they happen to be at any time wrong.
It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses.
The Central Bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the principles and form of our Constitution.
The abolition of domestic slavery is the great object of desire in those colonies, where it was unhappily introduced in their infant state.
This is perhaps the most important statement on religion ever made. It clarified the intent of the founders of the constitution irrespective of the attempts of modern day religious revisionists.
Man is a rational animal, endowed by nature with rights and with an innate sense of justice.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion without imputing to them criminality.
The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.
The clergy believe that any power confided in me will be exerted in opposition to their schemes, and they believe rightly.
The order of nature is that individual happiness shall be inseparable from the practice of virtue.
The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.
Those who don't read the newspapers are better off than those who do insofar as those who know nothing are better off than those whose heads are filled with half-truths and lies.
Religion, morality, and knowledge are necessary for good government... Therefore schools and the means of educating the people should always be encouraged.
To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language.
Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.
There is not a single crowned head in Europe whose talents or merit would entitle him to be elected a vestryman by the people of any parish in America.
My most earnest wish is to see the republican element of popular control pushed to the maximum of its practicable exercise. I shall then believe that our government may be pure and perpetual.
The present generation has the same right of self-government which the past one has exercised for itself.
The equal rights of man and the happiness of every individual are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.
Doubts and jealousies often beget the facts they fear.
The study of the law is useful in a variety of points of view. it qualifies a man to be useful to himself, to his neighbors, and to the public.
Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.
The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.
In our early struggles for liberty, religious freedom could not fail to become a primary object.
If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.
The sheep are happier of themselves, than under the care of wolves.
Never did a prisoner, released from his chains, feel such relief as I shall on shaking off the shackles of power.
I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations -- to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements under all circumstances, to be open and generous, promoting in the long run even the interests of both.
No people who are ignorant can be truly free.
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
The people are not always well-informed, but is better that they have misconceptions that make them restless than that they be lethargic-for lethargy in the people means death for republics.
I rejoice when I hear of young men of virtue and talents, worthy to receive and likely to preserve the splendid inheritance of self- government, which we have acquired and shaped for them.
I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.
All men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights...namely the enjoyment of life and liberty...and pursuing and obtaining happiness.
Our ancestors, possessed a right, which nature has given to all men, of departing from the country in which chance, not choice has placed them.
The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.
Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.
The rights of the people to the exercise and fruits of their own industry can never be protected against the selfishness of rulers not subject to their control at short periods.
I feel... an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings.
Instead of that liberty which takes root and growth in the progress of reason, if recovered by mere force or accident, it becomes with an unprepared people a tyranny still of the many, the few, or the one.
Where the law of the majority ceases to be acknowledged, there government ends; the law of the strongest takes its place, and life and property are his who can take them.
It is better to have no ideas than false ones.
No generation has a right to contract debts greater than can be paid off during the course of its own existence.
I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries of comforts of life.
The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.
Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to; convinced that on their good sense we may rely with most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.
I sincerely pray that all the members of the human family may, in the time prescribed by the Father of us all, find themselves securely established in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and happiness.
Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor -- over each other.
Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindred and tongues.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife.
The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.
The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.
Trial by jury is part of that bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation.
I sincerely believe... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.
In a government bottomed on the will of all, the... liberty of every individual citizen becomes interesting to all.
Hindsight is an exact science. Hold fast to your dreams, for it dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.
An honest heart being the first blessing, a knowing head is the second.
All should be laid open to you without reserve, for there is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.
Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion.
Of all exercises, walking is the best.
Every man has a commission to admonish, exhort, convince another of error.
We sometimes from dreams pick up some hint worth improving by reflection.
Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
Be assured that it gives much more pain to the mind to be in debt, than to do without any article whatever which we may seem to want.
Those who expect to be both ignorant and free, expect what never was and never will be.
The States should be urged to concede to the General Government, with a saving of chartered rights, the exclusive power of establishing banks of discount for paper.
All that is necessary for a student is access to a library.
We often repent of what we have said, but never, never, of that which we have not.
In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must.
Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
Dependence begets subservience and paves the way for tyranny.
We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.
The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.
How sublime to look down on the workhouse of nature, to see her clouds, hail, snow, rain, thunder, all fabricated at our feet!
Our minds were circumscribed within narrow limits by an habitual belief that it was our duty to be subordinate to the mother country.
Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one.
If you are obliged to neglect any thing, let it be your chemistry. It is the least useful and the least amusing to a country gentleman of all the ordinary branches of science.
I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with the things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence.
I am sure that in estimating every man's value either in private or public life, a pure integrity is the quality we take first into calculation, and that learning and talents are only the second.
A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a people who mean to be free.
I consider ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man.
Information is the currency of democracy.
Trade liberty for safety or money and you'll end up with neither. Liberty, like a grain of salt, easily dissolves. The power of questioning -- not simply believing -- has no friends. Yet liberty depends on it.
The fantastical idea of virtue and the public good being a sufficient security to the state against the commission of crimes, which you say you have heard insisted on by some, I assure you was never mine.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate.
I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both body and mind.
That paper money has some advantages is admitted. But that its abuses also are inevitable and, by breaking up the measure of value, makes a lottery of all private property, cannot be denied.
Our legislators are not sufficiently apprized of the rightful limits of their power; that their true office is to declare and enforce only our natural rights and duties, and to take none of them from us.
Good wine is a necessity of life for me.
We must be contented to amuse, when we cannot inform.
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.
A nation which expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, expects that which never was and never will be.
Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%.
Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.
A strong body makes the mind strong.
A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
Ignorance and bigotry, like other insanities, are incapable of self-government.
It is to secure our rights that we resort to government at all.
The small landholders are the most precious part of a state.
The constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruption's of time and party, its members would become despots.
As for what is not true, you will always find abundance in the newspapers.
A determination never to do what is wrong, prudence, and good-humor, will go far toward securing to you the estimation of the world.
The God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?
Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.
The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.
The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.
I have lived temperately....I double the doctor's recommendation of a glass and a half wine each day and even treble it with a friend.
On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Power is not alluring to pure minds.
Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.
A single zealot may commence prosecutor, and better men be his victims.
I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
The Habeas Corpus secures every man here, alien or citizen, against everything which is not law, whatever shape it may assume.
Nothing is so disgusting to our sex as want of cleanliness and delicacy in yours.
When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
Malice will always find bad motives for good actions. -- Shall we therefore never do good?
Let the farmer forevermore be honored in his calling; for they who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.
Every gentleman plays billiards, but someone who plays billiards too well, is no gentleman.
Self-interest, or rather self-love, or egoism, has been more plausibly substituted as the basis of morality.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.
It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
Hemp is one of the greatest, most important substances of our nation.
An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.
I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.
A Nation's best defense is an educated citizenry.
We must meet our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies.
I have come to a resolution myself as I hope every good citizen will, never again to purchase any article of foreign manufacture which can be had of American make, be the difference of price what it may.
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God.
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
If our country, when pressed with wrongs at the point of the bayonet, had been governed by its heads instead of its hearts, where should we have been now? Hanging on a gallows as high as Haman's.
I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.
Music, drawing, books, invention and exercise will be so many resources to you against ennui.
Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Health is the first requisite after morality.
My passion strengthens daily to quit political turmoil, and retire into the bosom of my family, the only scene of sincere and purehappiness.
The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.
Printers shall be liable to legal prosecution for printing and publishing false facts injurious to the party prosecuting: but they shall be under no other restraint.
Erecting the 'wall of separation between church and state'... is absolutely essential in a free society.
Independence can be trusted nowhere but with the people in mass. They are inherently independent of all but moral law.
Above all things, and at all times, practice yourself in good humor.
There are other places at which ... the laws have said there shall be towns; but Nature has said there shall not, and they remain unworthy of enumeration.
I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
No instance exists of a person's writing two language perfectly. That will always appear to be his native language which was most familiar to him in his youth.
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
God grant that men of principle shall be our principal men.
A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.
But under the beaming, constant and almost vertical sun of Virginia, shade is our Elysium. In the absence of this no beauty of the eye can be enjoyed.
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
We confide in our strength, without boasting of it, we respect that of others, without fearing it.
Peace, that glorious moment in time when everyone stops and reloads.
The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being.
I do verily believe that a single, consolidated government would become the most corrupt government on the earth.
I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms are in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people, which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
Slavery is an abomination and must be loudly proclaimed as such, but I own that I nor any other man has any
immediate solution to the problem.
War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
No religious reading, instruction or exercise, shall be prescribed or practiced in the elementary schools inconsistent with the tenets of any religious sect or denomination.
He, who steadily observes those moral precepts in which all religions concur, will never be questioned at the gates of heaven as to the dogmas in which they all differ.
May it be to the world... to assume the blessings and security of self-government.
A pirate spreading misery and ruin over the face of the ocean.
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.
No government ought to be without censors: and where the press is free, no one ever will. If virtuous, it need not fear the fair operation of attack and defence. Nature has given to man no other means of sifting out the truth either in religion, law, or politics. I think it as honorable to the government neither to know, nor notice, it's sycophants or censors, as it would be undignified and criminal to pamper the former and persecute the latter.
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
Lethargy is the forerunner of death to the public liberty.
The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few to ride them.
Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.
I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.
It is an encouraging observation that no good measure was ever proposed which, if duly pursued, failed to prevail in the end.
It is not by the consolidation or concentration of powers but by their distribution that good government is effected.
While the farmer holds the title to the land, actually, it belongs to all the people because civilization itself rests upon the soil.
Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom and Father of the University of Virginia.
Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia.
Epitaph, upon his instructions to erect a 'a plain die or cube ... surmounted by an Obelisk' with 'the following inscription, and not a word more…because by these, as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered.' It omits that he had been President of the United States, a position of political power and prestige, and celebrates his involvement in the creation of the means of inspiration and instruction by which many human lives have been liberated from oppression and ignorance.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves.
I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.
Big banks are more dangerous than standing armies, and the practice of borrowing and spending money to be paid back by the next generation is stealing from their future.
The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us. we ought, for so dear a stake, to sacrifice every attachment and every enmity.
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself.
Who then can so softly bind up the wound of another as he who has felt the same wound himself.
It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it.
Coffee, the favorite drink of the civilized world.
It seems that the Cannibals of Europe are going to eat one another again. A war between Russia and Turkey is like the battle of the kite and snake; whichever destroys the other, leaves a destroyer the less for the world.
I have much confidence that we shall proceed successfully for ages to come. My hope of its duration is built much on the enlargement of the resources of life going hand in hand with the enlargement of territory.
We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.
It will be said that great societies cannot exist without government.
I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
I consider the government of the U.S. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises.
I agree with you that it is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities, which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country.
Any woodsman can tell you that in a broken and sundered nest, one can hardly find more than a precious few whole eggs. So it is with the family.
We might have been a free and great people together.
A lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and divinity that ever were written.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse in any country. If it were, the laws would lose their effect, because it can always be pretended.
I thank heaven that the 4th. of July is over. It is always a day of great fatigue to me, and of some embarrassments from improper intrusions and some from unintended exclusions.
Dependence leads to subservience.
Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
The only way to win money out of a casino is to own one.
We will be soldiers, so our sons may be farmers, so their sons may be artists.
I am never tempted to pray but when a warm feeling for my friends comes athwart my heart.
Ambition is a tricky little animal to tame. It is very skillful at concealing itself from its master.
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
When sins are dear to us we are too prone to slide into them again. The act of repentance itself is often sweetened with the thought that it clears our account for a repetition of the same sin.
When the people are afraid of the government, that's tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that's liberty.
But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.
The genius of architecture seems to have shed its maledictions over this land.
Question with boldness even the existence of a
God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of
the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
For if one link in nature's chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish by piecemeal.
A lottery is a salutary instrument and a tax... laid on the willing only, that is to say, on those who can risk the price of a ticket without sensible injury, for the possibility of a higher prize.
Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning..
Private enterprise manages so much better all the concerns to which it is equal.
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.
He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.
The result of your fifty or sixty years of religious reading in the four words: 'Be just and good,' is that in which all our enquiries must end.
It is every Americans' right and obligation to read and interpret the Constitution for himself.
I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowlege among the people. no other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom, and happiness.
The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of Heaven; and it is well it is so, since it is that which is the lot of the mass of mankind.
Newspapers ... serve as chimnies to carry off noxious vapors and smoke.
So inscrutable is the arrangement of causes and consequences in this world, that a two-penny duty on tea, unjustly imposed in a sequestered part of it, changes the condition of all its inhabitants.
The constitution of the United States is the result of the collected wisdom of our country.
Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.
It is while we are young that the habit of industry is formed. If not then, it never is afterwards. The fortune of our lives therefore depends on employing well the short period of our youth.
The elective franchise, if guarded as the ark of our safety, will peaceably dissipate all combinations to subvert a Constitution, dictated by the wisdom, and resting on the will of the people.
A good cause is often injured more by ill-timed efforts of its friends than by the arguments of its enemies. Persuasion, perseverance and patience are the best advocates on questions depending on the will of others.
Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
Nothing can be believed but what one sees, or has from an eye witness.
Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.
I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
Truth between candid minds can never do harm.
Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.
Reason and free inquiry are the only effective agents against error. Give a loose to them, they will support the true religion by bringing every false one to their tribunal, to the test of their investigation. They are the natural enemies of error and error only. Had not the Roman government permitted free inquiry, Christianity could never have been introduced. Had not free inquiry been indulged at the era of the Reformation, the corruption of Christianity could not have been purged away.
The Constitution is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.
The Giver of life gave it for happiness and not for wretchedness.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.
I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world and do not find in our particular superstition Christianity one redeeming feature.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
Difficulties indeed sometimes arise; but common sense and honest intentions will generally steer through them.
I have now the gloomy prospect of retiring from office loaded with serious debts, which will materially affect the tranquility of my retirement.
Music furnishes a delightful recreation for the hours of respite from the cares of the day, and lasts us through life.
Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried.
The most effective means of preventing tyranny is to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts.
The diffusion of information and the arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public reason, I deem one of the essential principles of our government, and consequently one of those which ought to shape its administration.
I cannot live without books.
The plough is to the farmer what the wand is to the sorcerer. Its effect is really like sorcery.
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.
A room without books is like a life without meaning.
I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom.
Gaming corrupts our disposition and teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind.
Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality.
No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever.
To take a single step beyond the boundaries specially drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible to definition.
My heart trembles when I reflect that God is just.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
The opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction.
The idea is quite unfounded that on entering into society we give up any natural rights.
Creeds have been the bane of the Christian church ... made of Christendom a slaughter-house.
There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.
Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.
Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.
Debt and revolution are inseparable as cause and effect.
The federal government is our servant, not our master.
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity.
As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for educating the common people.
An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.
To learn, you have to listen. To improve, you have to try.
It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them.
Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.
The religion-builders have so distorted and deformed the doctrines of Jesus, so muffled them in mysticism, fancies, and falsehoods.
Nothing but good can result from an exchange of information and opinions between those whose circumstances and morals admit no doubt of the integrity of their views.
We have already given in example one effectual check to the dog of war by transferring the power of letting him loose from the Executive to the Legislative body.
The declaration that religious faith shall be unpunished does not give immunity to criminal acts dictated by religious error.
Never spend your money before you have earned it.
It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately.
The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.
Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils of misgovernment.
The art of governing consists simply of being honest, exercising common sense, following principle, and doing what is right and just.
The excellence of every government is its adaptation to the state of those to be governed by it.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them.
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.
The patient, treated on the fashionable theory, sometimes gets well in spite of the medicine.
Difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to the truth.
Neither Pagan nor Mahamedan nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion. -quoting John Locke's argument.
Of all the cankers of human happiness none corrodes with so silent, yet so baneful an influence, as indolence.
Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.
Let those flatter who fear; it is not an American art .
I hold the precepts of Jesus as delivered by Himself, to be the most pure, benevolent and sublime which have ever been preached to man.
The Declaration of Independence ... is the declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man.
Our citizens may be deceived for awhile, and have been deceived; but as long as the presses can be protected, we may trust to them for light.
The metaphysical insanities of Athanasius, of Loyola, and of Calvin, are, to my understanding, mere lapses into polytheism, differing from paganism only by being more unintelligible.
Christianity is the most ... perverted system that ever shone on man.
For an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
The best hemp and the best tobacco grow on the same kind of soil. The former article is of the first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country. The latter, never useful.
Against us are all timid men who prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty We are likely to preserve the liberty we have obtained only by unremitting labors and perils.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. The Europeans value themselves on having subdued the horse to the uses of man; but I doubt whether we have not lost more than we have gained, by the use of this animal.
A candle loses nothing when it lights another candle.
Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, the whole civilized world would now have been Christians.
If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few; by resignation, none.
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
The boys of the rising generation are to be the men of the next, and the sole guardians of the principles we deliver over to them.
Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.
What i value more than all things, good humor.
Ignorance is a poor tool in a battle of wits.
I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.
Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are 20 gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
My religious reading has long been confined to the moral branch of religion, which is the same in all religions; while in that branch which consists of dogmas, all differ.
When two parties make a compact, there results to each a power of compelling the other to execute it.
Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.
To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.
Men as well as rivers grow crooked by following the path of least resistance.
Revenue on the consumption of foreign articles is paid cheerfully by those who can afford to add foreign luxuries to domestic comforts.
When you abandon freedom to achieve security, you lose both and deserve neither.
War has been avoided from a due sense of the miseries, and the demoralization it produces, and of the superior blessings of a state of peace and friendship with all mankind.
History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
When right, I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground.
It is a principle that the right to a thing gives a right to the means without which it could not be used, that is to say, that the means follow their end.
Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.
The best principles of our republic secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights.
As new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.
An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.
The issue for patents for new discovers has given a spring to invention beyond my conception.
Law is often the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.
If the obstacles of bigotry and priestcraft can be surmounted, we may hope that common sense will suffice to do everything else.
Knowledge indeed is a desirable, a lovely possession.
The cost of freedom is eternal vigilance.
If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, then and only then will truthprevail over fanaticism.
The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union.
We never repent of having eaten too little.
The Governor would serve a five-year term and be ineligible for reelection.
The sentiments of men are known not only by what they receive, but what they reject also.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Amplification is the vice of modern oratory.
Religions are all alike- founded upon fables and mythologies.
But every state, says an inquisitor, has established some religion. No two, say I, have established the same. Is this a proof of the infallibility of establishments?
To unequal privileges among members of the same society the spirit of our nation is, with one accord, adverse.
None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army.
As you are entered with the class of Nat. philosophy, give to it the hours of lecture, but devote all your other time to Mathematics, avoiding company as the bane of all progress.
The merchants will manage commerce the better, the more they are left free to manage for themselves.
Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.
I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy.
A rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive.
Taste cannot be controlled by law.
Taste cannot be controlled by law. We must resist at all costs any attempt to regulate our individual freedoms and to legislate our personal moralities.
I have given up newspapers in exchange for Tacitus and Thucydides, for Newton and Euclid; and I find myself much the happier.
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
Without books, I would certainly die.
We discover in the gospels a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstition, fanaticism and fabrication .
Never was so much false arithmetic employed on any subject, as that which has been employed to persuade nations that it is in their interest to go to war.