Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
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