Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.
We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.
There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world.
The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the tracts which favor that theory.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.
Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.
One man with courage is a majority.
The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.
An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
I cannot live without books.
Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.