Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
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.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
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.
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.
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
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.
When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.