The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.
Category: Lies And Lying
Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.
Category: Life And Living
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
A little rebellion now and then... is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
I have not observed men's honesty to increase with their riches.
Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing, but newspapers.
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter.
I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely happier for it.