"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
"All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression."
"Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind."
"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you."
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."
"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day."
"Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it."
"Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor."
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."
"I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind."
"I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology."
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
"If God is just, I tremble for my country."
"If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?"
"In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty."
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."
"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God."
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."
"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
"My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me."
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
"No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it."
"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances."
"Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence."
"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none."
"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."
"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."
"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question."
"Taste cannot be controlled by law."
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
"The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force."
"There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world."
"War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses."
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."
"Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching."
"Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe."