Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.
Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.
Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for manygenerations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light theuniverse with their admonishing smile.
Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
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.
John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.
Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I'm tired.
In the days of Moses and the prophets such a man would have been counted among the wise men of the land; in the Middle Ages he would have been burned at the stake.
No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.
Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.
When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.
For both faith and want of faith have destroyed men alike.
The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.
A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
Fishes live in the sea, as men do on land: the great ones eat up the little ones.