Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.
I have sworn upon the alter of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Every generation needs a new revolution.
Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.
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 republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
If God is just, I tremble for my country.
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.
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.
I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.
It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.
I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.
Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.
The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.