Grief drives men into habits of serious reflection, sharpens the understanding, and softens the heart
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
Be not intimidated, therefore, by any terrors, from publishing with the utmost freedom whatever can be warranted by the laws of your country; nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretenses of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice.
Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially for the lower classes of people, are so extremely wise and useful that to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.
The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty
You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; right derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe
Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense.
The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people's hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice.
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people's hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind, whom should we serve?
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
If (the) empire of superstition and hypocrisy should be overthrown, happy indeed will it be for the world; but if all religion and morality should be overthrown with it, what advantages will be gained? The doctrine of human equality is founded entire
It is weakness rather than wickedness which renders men unfit to be trusted with unlimited power
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases