There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.
Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.
Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
Walking is the very best exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
Taste cannot be controlled by law.
The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.
That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.
The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
Power is not alluring to pure minds.
Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.
I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
I like dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.