The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.