For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead...
A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
Every human being... must thus be viewed according to what it is good for, for none of us, no not one, is perfect; and were we to love none who had imperfections, this world would be a desert for our love.
War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.
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.
Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
In the fevered state of our country, no good can ever result from any attempt to set one of these fiery zealots to rights, either in fact or principle. They are determined as to the facts they will believe, and the opinions on which they will act. Get by them, therefore, as you would by an angry bull; it is not for a man of sense to dispute the road with such an animal.
If you expect to be ignorant and free, you expect what never was and never will be.