Nothing endures but personal qualities.
The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.
There is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheeled universe.
The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.
I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
If you done it, it ain’t bragging.
I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people.
The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves.