Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
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.
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.
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.
Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.
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.
That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.
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.
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.
The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
My mind is my own church.
Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.
One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.
Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.
Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
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.
An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.