''Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.''
''Character is much easier kept than recovered.''
''What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.''
''Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.''
''Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.''
''The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.''
''I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.''
''Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.''
''Everything that is right or natural pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'tis time to part.''
''The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.''
''He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to "Defender of the Faith," than George the Third.''
''When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.''
''In the progress of politics, as in the common occurrences of life, we are not only apt to forget the ground we have travelled over, but frequently neglect to gather up experiences as we go.''
''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.''