I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man's milk and restorative cordial.
The art of life is the art of avoiding pain.
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.
The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
The probable accumulation of the surpluses of revenue beyond what can be applied to the payment of the public debt... merits the consideration of Congress. Shall it lie unproductive in the public vaults?...Or shall it rather be appropriated to the improvements of roads, canals, rivers, education, and other great foundations of prosperity and union.