Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.
The merchant has no country.
Agriculture, manufacturers, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are then most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.
Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens.
The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.
Money and not morality is the principle of commerce and commercial nations.
The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
All is politics in this capital.
Delay is preferable to error.
Freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected, - these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us
Freedom of the person under the protection of habeas corpus. I deem one of the essential principles of our government.
I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.
Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.