The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.
Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.
I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
To prejudge other men’s notions before we have looked into them is not to show their darkness but to put out our own eyes.