Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.
Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom -- and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.
They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.
I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.
It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, fine houses or fine furniture.
We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
Where there is a free government, and the people make their own laws by their representatives, I see no injustice in their obliging one another to take their own paper money.
The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.
For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.
I have no private interest in the reception of my inventions by the world, having never made, nor proposed to make, the least profit by any of them.
God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: 'This is my country.'
I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.
All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly.
Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
And whether you're an honest man, or whether you're a thief, depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
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