The evidence of the natural rights of expatriation, like that of our right to life, liberty, the use of our faculties, the pursuit of happiness, is not left to the feeble and sophistical
The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.
The best principles of our republic secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights.
Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
Some other natural rights…have not yet entered into any declaration of rights.
Self-interest, or rather self-love, or egoism, has been more plausibly substituted as the basis of morality.
Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.
The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.
What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment and death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment . . . inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.
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 blind-folded fear.