The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave
Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time
Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.
Never into dispute or argument with another. I never yet saw an instance of one of two disputants convincing the other by argument. I have seen many on their getting warm, becoming rude and shooting one another.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden
It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquillity and occupation which give happiness.
While wading through the whimsies, the puerilities, and unintelligible jargon of this work, I laid it down often to ask myself how it could have been that the world should have so long consented to give reputation to such nonsense as this?
I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors
I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but people. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take the power from them, but to inform them by education
No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him