A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.
To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches.
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.
He is not affected by the reality of distress touching his heart, but by the showy resemblance of it striking his imagination. He pities the plumage, but forgets the dying bird.
Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.
We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.
It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and row brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.