Every generation needs a new revolution.
We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.
A government big enough to supply you with everything you need is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.... The course of history shows that as the government grows, liberty decreases.
No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free no one ever will.
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter
Conquest is not in our principles it is inconsistent with our government
A republican government is slow to move, yet when once in motion, its momentum becomes irresistible
We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Perfect happiness I believe was never intended by the deity to be the lot of any one of his creatures in this world but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it, is what I as steadfastly believe
I join you, therefore, in sincere congratulations that this den of the priesthood is at length broken up, and that a Protestant Popedom is no longer to disgrace the American history and character
The greatest honor of a man is in doing good to his fellow men, not in destroying them.
Sound principles will not justify our taxing the industry of our fellow citizens to accumulate treasure for wars to happen we know not when, and which might not perhaps happen but from the temptations offered by that treasure
The price of liberty is constant vigilance.
We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Taste cannot be controlled by law.
Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.
Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
We rarely repent of having eaten too little.
Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs.
In matters of principals, stand like a rock in matters of taste, swim with the current.
Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold.
Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them.
While wading through the whimsies, the puerilities, and unintelligible jargon of this work Plato's Republic, I laid it down often to ask myself how it could have been that the world should have so long consented to give reputation to such nonsense as this
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as they are injurious to others.