The key to wisdom is this -- constant and frequent questioning ... for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.
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Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end.
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Liberty is the prevention of control by others. This requires self-control and, therefore, religious and spiritual influences; education, knowledge, well-being.
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Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.
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Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
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Spent an hour in the beginning of the evening at Major Gardiner's, where it was thought that the design of Christianity was not to make men good riddle-solvers, or good mystery-mongers, but good men, good magistrates, and good subjects, good husbands and good wives, good parents and good children, good masters and good servants. The following questions may be answered some time or other, namely, — Where do we find a precept in the Gospel requiring Ecclesiastical Synods? Convocations? Councils? Decrees? Creeds? Confessions? Oaths? Subscriptions? and whole cart-loads of other trumpery that we find religion incumbered with in these days?
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Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
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Liberty, according to my metaphysics, is an intellectual quality, an attribute that belongs not to fate nor chance. Neither possesses it, neither is capable of it. There is nothing moral or immoral in the idea of it. The definition of it is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power; it can elect between objects, indifferent in point of morality, neither morally good nor morally evil.
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Major Greene this evening fell into some conversation with me about the Divinity and satisfaction of Jesus Christ. All the argument he advanced was, "that a mere creature or finite being could not make satisfaction to infinite justice for any crimes," and that "these things are very mysterious." Thus mystery is made a convenient cover for absurdity.
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Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties, and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates... to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them.
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Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties, and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates… to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them.
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The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy.
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And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press,  or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions.
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The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.
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It is a very great mistake to imagine that the object of loyalty is the authority and interest of one individual man, however dignified by the applause or enriched by the success of popular actions.
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He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man...The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people.
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Time as he grows old teaches all things.
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I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil.
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It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
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The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
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Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
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While I see many hoof marks going in, I see none coming out. It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again.
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Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
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I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
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Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
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Vices are their own punishment.
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People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
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Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.
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We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
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The gods help them that help themselves.
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The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
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Familiarity breeds contempt.
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Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
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Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
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Appearances often are deceiving.
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I have everything, yet have nothing; and although I possess nothing, still of nothing am I in want.
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In fact, nothing is said that has not been said before.
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I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself.
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Moderation in all things.
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Fortune helps the brave.
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The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.
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The man who views the world at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
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I call the mind free which jealously guards its intellectual rights and powers, which calls no man master [and] receives new truth as an angel from Heaven.
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I'm not apologising, I'm saying I'm sorry, which is quite different.
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The best way of avenging thyself is not to become like the wrong-doer.
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Change your thoughts and you change your world.
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The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.
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Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.
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Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose you.
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The wise learn many things from their enemies.
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