The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again; and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.
Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
People crushed by law have no hope but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous...
Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young peoples, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation.
There never was a bad man that had ability for good service.
In a free country every man thinks he has a concern in all public matters,--that he has a right to form and a right to deliver an opinion on them. This it is that fills countries with men of ability in all stations.
We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.
The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
All men have equal rights, but not to equal things.
There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.
Liberty, without wisdom, is license.
Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.