They (religions) dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
As new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
I sincerely believe the banking institutions having the issuing power of money, are more dangerous to liberty than standing armies.
When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.
And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
Such is the economy of nature, that no instance can be produced of her having permitted any one race of her animals to become extinct; of her having formed any link in her great work so weak as to be broken.
A great deal of love given to a few is better than a little to many.
If Americans desire to be both ignorant and free, they want what never has been and what never will be.
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.
The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.