The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
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?
To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
Category: Gardening And Gardens
The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses.
I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.
We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.
I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office
Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.
That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.