The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
Patience and perserverence have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
Facts are stubborn things and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or ill will to any human being, and even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow men, not knowing what they do
Duty is ours; results are God's
Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.
America... goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.
Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially of the lower class of people, are so extremely wise and useful, that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.
The proposition, that the people are the best keepers of their own liberties, is not true; they are the worst conceivable; they are no keepers at all; they can neither judge, act, think, or will, as a political body.
I want the seals of power and place, The ensigns of command, Charged by the people's unbought grace, To rule my native land. Nor crown, nor scepter would I ask But from my country's will, By day, by night, to ply the task Her cup of bliss to fill.
To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is... the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence.
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.