Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion... in private self-defense.
Books that cannot bear examination, certainly ought not to be established as divine inspiration by penal laws.
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy....
This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery of party, faction, and division of society
Keeping an army in America has been nothing but a public nuisance.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that... and all the glory of it.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain