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One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
 

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
 

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
 

Our friendships are precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life;and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part is sunshine.
 

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.
[Always]
 

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
[Press]
 

Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
[America]
 

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
[Peace]
 

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
[Statesmanship]
 

Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it is what I have steadfastly believed.
[Unhappiness]
 

Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.
 

Power is not alluring to pure minds.
 

Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
[Pride]
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Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded faith.
[Religion]
 

Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.
[Reason]
 

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
[Tyranny]
 

Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
[Against]
 

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
[Liberty]
 

Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.
 

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
 


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