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I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Vir
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.
If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
Plato offers the amazing idea that contemplation of the way things really are is, in itself, a purifying process that can bring human beings into the only divinity there is.
Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion.
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
The hole and the patch should be commensurate.
Taste cannot be controlled by law.
I have no ambition to govern men it is a painful and thankless office.
No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it.
Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.
The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.
Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations...entangling alliances with none
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost.
I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man's milk and restorative cordial.
War is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer.
No people who are ignorant can be truly free.
I haven't failed. I've just found 10, 000 ways that don't work.
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time.
I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitudefrom achieving his goal.Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.
And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
no people can be both ignorant and free.
The opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction.
It is my principle that the will of the majority should always prevail.
They (religions) dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live.
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.
It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order.
The care of human life and happiness, and their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of a good government.
Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace
When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
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.