The natural progress of things is for liberty to yeild, and government to gain ground.
The care of human life and happiness, and their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of a good government.
He who knows best knows how little he knows
Experience declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind; for I can apply no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.
We confide in our strength, without boasting of it we respect that of others, without fearing it.
We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
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.
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and opressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.
I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.
We are endeavoring, too, to reduce the government to the practice of a rigorous economy, to avoid burdening the people, and arming the magistrate with patronage of money, which might be used to corrupt and undermine the principles of our government
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.
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 tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.
The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.
The second office of the government is honorable and easy, the first is but a splendid misery.
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