The American Communists had thrived as champions of domestic reform.
The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day’s toil of any human being.
Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
The disease which inflicts bureaucracy and what they usually die from is routine.
The revolution of Saint Domingo was taking its course. I saw that the whites could not endure, because they were divided and because they were overpowered by numbers; I congratulated myself that I was a black man.
When it shall be known that, at the time which I was accused of wishing to sunder this island from France – my benefactress – I repeated the oath of fidelity to her, I take pleasure in believing that the government I own, and my fellow-citizens, will render me the justice I merit, and that the enemies of my brethren will be reduced to silence.