I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.
For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth - to know the worst and provide for it.
For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and to provide for it.
It is the business of a virtuous clergy to censure vice in every appearance of it.
Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object.
For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it.
I have had many anxieties for our commonwealth, principally occasioned by the depreciation of our money.
Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?
The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.
Unite liberality with a just frugality; always reserve something for the hand of charity; and never let your door be closed to the voice of suffering humanity.
I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion.
Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
We are descended from a people whose government was founded on liberty; our glorious forefathers of Great Britain made liberty the foundation of everything. That country is become a great, mighty, and splendid nation; not because their government is strong and energetic, but, sir, because liberty is its direct end and foundation.
The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I am not a Virginian but an American.
Do you remember any instance where tyranny was destroyed and freedom established on its ruins, among a people possessing so small a share of virtue and public spirit? I recollect none, and this more than the British arms makes me fearful of final success, without a reform.
Give me liberty or give me death.