America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine Providence in behalf of the human race.
What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
That which we call sin in others is experiment for us.
Fame is proof that the people are gullible.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
For what avail the plough or sail, Or land or life, if freedom fail?
The less government we have the better - the fewer laws and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the individual.
Good men must not obey the laws too well.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Man exists for his own sake and not to add a laborer to the State.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.
Democracy is morose, and runs to anarchy.
Liberty is a slow fruit.
Who shall forbid a wise skepticism, seeing that there is no practical question on which anything more than an approximate solution can be had?
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.
In dealing with the State, we ought to remember that its institutions are not aboriginal, though they existed before we were born; that they are not superior to the citizen; that every one of them was once the act of a single man; every law and usage was a man's expedient to meet a particular case; that they all are imitable, all alterable; we may make as good; we may make better.
Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.