If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a handy servant and a dangerous master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
It is to be lamented that great characters are seldom without a blot.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
Strive not with your superior in argument but always submit your judgment to others with modesty.
The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth.
Government is not mere advice; it is authority, with power to enforce its laws.
There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet an enemy.
If you can't send money, send tobacco.
It is not every one who asketh that deserveth charity; all, however, are worthy of the inquiry, or the deserving may suffer.
Avoid gaming. It is the child of Avarice, the Brother of Iniquity, and father of Mischief.
If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair.
Reason, too late perhaps, may convince you of the folly in misspending time.
Discipline is the soul of an army.
Perfection falls not to the share of mortals.
Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.
To presevere in one's duty and be silent, is the best answer to calumny.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
From thinking proceeds speaking; thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable and tremendous!
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge ... is itself a frightful despotism.
Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul abhors [more], than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.
We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience.
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
Cultivate literature and useful knowledge, for the purpose of qualifying the rising generation for patrons of good government, virtue and happiness.
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.