A good man apologizes for the mistakes of the past, but a great man corrects them.
While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill — little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago.
Power always thinks that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
The happiness of society is the end of government.
The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.
A government of laws, and not of men.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.
The English think they are free. They are free only during the election of members of parliament.
Famous aphorisms and wisdom phrases
Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.
Arguments about Scripture achieve nothing but a stomachache and a headache.
The usual complaint is, 'I have no other way of earning a living'. The harsh reply can be, 'Do you have to live?'
A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.
The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.