A single good government becomes... a blessing to the whole earth, its welcome to the oppressed restraining within certain limits the measure of their oppressions. But should even this be counteracted by violence on the right of expatriation, the other branch of our example then presents itself for
In the environment, every victory is temporary, every defeat permanent.
We confide in our strength, without boasting of it, we respect that of others, without fearing it.
The whole history of these books (i.e. the Gospels) is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt
If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, [then and only then will truth]prevail over fanaticism.
A man's moral sense must be unusually strong if slavery does not make him a thief.
Ambition is a tricky little animal to tame. It is very skillful at concealing itself from its master.
Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself.
That the enthusiasm which characterizes youth should lift its parricide hands against freedom and science would be such a monstrous phenomenon as I cannot place among possible things in this age and country.
If science produces no better fruits than tyranny... I would rather wish our country to be ignorant, honest and estimable as our neighbouring savages are.
Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.
Such is the moral construction of the world that no national crime passes unpunished in the long run... Were present oppressors to reflect on the same truth, they would spare to their own countries the penalties on their present wrongs which will be inflicted on them in future times. The seeds of ha
There is a debt of service due from every man to his country, proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him.
I can scarcely contemplate a more incalculable evil than the breaking of the Union into two or more parts.
Difference of opinion leads to enquiry, and enquiry to truth; and I am sure...we both value too much the freedom of opinion sanctioned by our Constitution, not to cherish its exercise even where in opposition to ourselves.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.
A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.
I considered the British as our natural enemies, and as the only nation on earth who wished us ill from the bottom of their souls. And I am satisfied that were our continent to be swallowed up by the ocean, Great Britain would be in a bonfire from one end to the other.
An honest heart being the first blessing, a knowing head is the second.
Our duty to ourselves, to posterity, and to mankind, call on usby every motive which is sacred or honorable, to watch over the safety of our beloved countryduring the troubles which agitate and convulse the residue of the world, and to sacrifice tothat all personal and local considerations.
I hold the precepts of Jesus as delivered by Himself, to be the most pure, benevolent and sublime which have ever been preached to man...
The right to use a thing comprehends a right to the means necessary to its use, and without which it would be useless.
When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.
The President is bound to stop at the limits prescribed by our Constitution and law to the authorities in his hands, [and this] would apply in an occasion of peace as well as war.
I have given up newspapers in exchange for Tacitus and Thucydides, for Newton and Euclid; and I find myself much the happier.
The authors of the gospels were unlettered and ignorant men and the teachings of Jesus have come to us mutilated, misstated and unintelligible.
Every honest man will suppose honest acts to flow from honest principles, and the rogues may rail without intermission.
The further the departure from direct and constant control by the citizens, the less has the government of the ingredient of republicanism...
The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.
Though you cannot see, when you take one step, what will be the next, yet follow truth, justice, and plain dealing, and never fear their leading you out of [any difficult situation] in the easiest manner possible...