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" But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing. "
" Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. "
" Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it. "
" The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. "
" Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. "
" There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice. "
" That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. "
" He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. "
" The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered. "
" Human nature is not of itself vicious. "
" Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them. "
" Time makes more converts than reason. "
" Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. "
" 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. "
" All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. "
" Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst. "
" My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. "
" Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts. "
" A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. "
" Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them. "
" To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not. "
" 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 strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance. "
" It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes. "
" The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security. "
" It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same. "
" 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. "
" That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not. "
" The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy. "
" Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. "
" There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord. "