It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance.
The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered.
Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them.
There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord.
To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches.
Human nature is not of itself vicious.
It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration.
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
Time makes more converts than reason.
Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.
We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.
But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.
Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not.
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.