It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.
The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.
Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.
The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.
Our civil rights have no dependence upon our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace.
A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.
On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
The president's title as proposed by the senate was the most superlatively ridiculous thing I ever heard of. It is a proof the more of the justice of the character given by Doctr. Franklin of my friend [John Adams]: ‘Always an honest man, often a great one, but sometimes absolutely mad'.
Neither Pagan nor Mahamedan nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion. -quoting John Locke's argument.