No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.
Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.
When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it.
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?