Harmony would lose its attractiveness if it did not have a background of discord.
If ignorance is indeed bliss, it is a very low grade of the article.
If the world knew how to use freedom without abusing it, tyranny would not exist.
A road that does not lead to other roads always has to be retraced, unless the traveller chooses to rust at the end of it.
Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve.
Lean too much on the approval of people, and it becomes a bed of thorns
The schools of the country are its future in miniature.
Prudence is sometimes stretched too far, until it blocks the road of progress.
I'm mighty glad that I found you. Have a terrific birthday.
Lean too much upon the approval of people, and it becomes a bed of thorns.
The key to success isn't much good until one discovers the right lock to insert it in.
The West can teach the East how to get a living, but the East must eventually be asked to show the West how to live.
The parent storms, the child looks on, catches the lineaments of wrath, puts on the same airs in the circle of smaller slaves, gives a loose to the worst of passions, and thus nursed, educated and daily exercised in tyranny, cannot but be stamped by it with odious peculiarities.
There is... an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents... The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provision should be made to prevent its ascendency.
I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion without imputing to them criminality.
I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
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The declaration of rights [Bill of Rights] is, like all other human blessings, alloyed with some inconveniences and not accomplishing fully its object. But the good in this instance vastly outweighs the evil.
Born in the same land, we ought to live as brothers, doing to each other all the good we can, and not listening to wicked men, who may endeavor to make us enemies. By living in peace, we can help and prosper one another; by waging war, we can kill and destroy many on both sides; but those who surviv
I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind. Thomas Jefferso
All men are created equal and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. Thomas Jefferso
I do not agree that an age of pleasure is no compensation for a moment of pain.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Malice will always find bad motives for good actions. - Shall we therefore never do good?
Would the honest patriot, in the full tide of successful experiment, abandon a government which has so far kept us free and firm on the theoretic and visionary fear that this Government, the world's best hope, may by possibility want energy to preserve itself? I trust not.
I do not know whether you are fond of chemical reading. There are some things in this science worth reading.
My principle is to do whatever is right, and leave consequences to him who has the disposal of them.
Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion.
A republic will avoid war unless the avoidance might create conditions that are worse than warfare itself. Sometimes, the dispositions of those who choose to make themselves our enemies leaves us no choice.
If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake.
I can scarcely contemplate a more incalculable evil than the breaking of the Union into two or more parts.