Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
Be polite to all, but intimate with few.
An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.
Never spend your money before you have earned it.
A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.
In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.