Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.
A government of laws, and not of men.
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.
All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.
In politics the middle way is none at all.
Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
The happiness of society is the end of government.
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.