The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.
Any one reflecting upon the thought he has of the delight, which any present or absent thing is apt to produce in him, has the idea we call love.
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.
It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of the truth.
The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure.
A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.
As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.
Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.
I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits.
One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant.