To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.
The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed.
Life was given to me as a favor, so I may abandon it when it is one no longer.
Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty.
People here argue about religion interminably, but it appears that they are competing at the same time to see who can be the least devout.
Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.
The state of slavery is in its own nature bad.
But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go.
There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is gratitude… we cannot give someone else greater power over us than we have ourselves.