All wealth is the product of labor.
We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
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.
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.
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.
Things of this world are in so constant a flux, that nothing remains long in the same state.
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards.
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.