When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.
I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.