We must have constantly present in our minds the difference between independence and liberty. Liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would no longer be possessed of liberty.
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.
Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it.
Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.
Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.