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If God is just, I tremble for my country.
 

If I could not go to Heaven but with a party I would not go there at all.
[Party]
 

If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.
 

If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.
 

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
 

If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
[Mind]
 

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.
 

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
[Age]
 

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
 

In questions of power let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.
[Constitution]
 

In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
 

Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever.
 

Information is the currency of democracy.
 

It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
[Change]
 

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
 

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
[Always]
 

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
[Government]
 

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
 

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
 

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.
[Punishment]
 


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