The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
Taste cannot be controlled by law.
Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
We never repent of having eaten too little.
Information is the currency of democracy.
I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
He who knows best knows how little he knows.
Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
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.