Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.
I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
There is...an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents.... The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provisions should be made to prevent its ascendancy.
We discover in the gospels, a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstition, fanaticism and fabrication
Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle.
The execution of the laws is more important than the making them.
Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
They (preachers) dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live
Experience (has) long taught me the reasonableness of mutual sacrifices of opinion among those who are to act together for any common object, and the expediency of doing what good we can when we cannot do all we would wish.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.
The small landholders are the most precious part of a state.
The people are the only censors of their governors, and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution.
The unsuccessful strugglers against tyranny have been the chief martyrs of treason laws in all countries.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.