I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
The earth is given as a common for men to labor and live in.
The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.
Traveling makes a man wiser, but less happy.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them
I... [proposed] three distinct grades of education, reaching all classes. 1. Elementary schools for all children generally, rich and poor. 2. Colleges for a middle degree of instruction, calculated for the common purposes of life and such as should be desirable for all who were in easy circumstances. And 3d. an ultimate grade for teaching the sciences generally and in their highest degree... The expenses of [the elementary] schools should be borne by the inhabitants of the county, every one in proportion to his general tax-rate. This would throw on wealth the education of the poor
Wine from long habit has become an indispensable for my health.
I rejoice as a moralist at the prospect of a reduction of the duties on wine by our national legislature.... Its extended use will carry health and comfort to a much enlarged circle.
I have lived temperately....I double the doctor's recommendation of a glass and a half of wine each day and even treble it with a friend.
We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good.
The execution of the laws is more important than the making them
The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.