Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
We sometimes from dreams pick up some hint worth improving by reflection.
Doubts and jealousies often beget the facts they fear.
To preserve their independence, we must not let our rules load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.
I find the pain of little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty.
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talent.
Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.
Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.
If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves.