I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.
Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
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.
I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.
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.
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.