"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers."
"The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory."
"There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents."
"Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching."
"Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear."
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."
"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."
"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."
"There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world"
"I swear upon the altar of God, eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man."