A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine Providence in behalf of the human race.
Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
Fame is proof that the people are gullible.
That which we call sin in others is experiment for us.
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is - "Let there be truth between us two forevermore."
We grant no dukedoms to the few,
We hold like rights and shall;
Equal on Sunday in the pew,
On Monday in the mall.
For what avail the plough or sail,
Or land, or life, if freedom fail?
What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
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.
Persecution readily knits friendship between its victims.
Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.
Man exists for his own sake and not to add a laborer to the State.
Democracy is morose, and runs to anarchy.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
Liberty is a slow fruit.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.