Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
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.
I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.
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.
I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.
So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.
I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.
It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.
Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
Power is not alluring to pure minds.
Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.
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.
The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
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.