I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it
f ever there was a holy war, it was that which saved our liberties and gave us independence.
Experience has shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
To preserve the freedom of the human mind then and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom; for as long as we may think as we will, and speak as we think, the condition of man will proceed in improvement.
Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
Perfect happiness I believe was never intended by the deity to be the lot of any one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it, is what I as steadfastly believe
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
He is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.
To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education
Power is not alluring to pure minds
The two principles on which our conduct towards the Indians should be founded, are justice and fear. After the injuries we have done them, they cannot love us.
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits.
There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world.
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
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