Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.
So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.
The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.
The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.
The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.
Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.
My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.
I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.
We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.