In the government you called civilized, the happiness of the people is constantly sacrificed to the splendor of the empire. Hence the origin of your codes of criminal and civil laws; hence your dungeons and prisons. We have no prisons; we have no written laws; and yet judges are as highly revered among us as they are among you, and their decisions are as much regarded. We have among us no exalted villains above the control of our laws. Daring wickedness is here never allowed to triumph over helpless innocence. The estates of widows and orphans are never devoured by enterprising swindlers. We have no robbery under the pretext of law.
Most people spend most of their days doing what they do not want to do in order to earn the right, at times, to do what they may desire.
Every day, people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
Beware so long as you live, of judging people by appearances.
Never judge people by their appearance.
The most amiable people are those who least wound the self-love of others.
The slave has but one master; the ambitious man has as many as there are people useful to his fortune.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
Nobody loves heartily unless people take pains to prevent it.
Many people are liberal in principle, reluctant in practice.
In addition to the inflation, we have stagnating productivity. People don’t work the way they used to.
You who are so wise must know that different nations have different conceptions of things. You will not therefore take it amiss if our ideas of the white man’s kind of education happens not to be the same as yours. We have had some experience with it. Several of our young people were brought up in your colleges. They were instructed in all your sciences; but, when they came back to us, they were bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either cold or hunger. They didn’t know how to build a cabin, take a deer, or kill an enemy. They spoke our language imperfectly. They were therefore unfit to be hunters, warriors, or counselors; they were good for nothing. We are, however, not less obliged for your kind offer, though we decline accepting it. To show our gratefulness, if the gentlemen of Virginia shall send us a dozen of their sons, we will take great care with their education, instruct them in all we know, and make men of them.
God creates. People rearrange.
The only freedom worth possessing is that which gives enlargement to a people's energy, intellect and virtues... Progress, the growth of intelligence and power, is the end and boon of liberty; and, without this, a people may have the name, but want the substance and spirit of freedom.
Some people habitually wear sadness, like a garment, and think it a becoming grace. God loves a cheerful worshipper.
One need not mind stealing, but one must cry out at people whose minds are so befuddled that they do not know theft when they see it.
The only people who never fail are those who never try.
A thousand logical statements will be destroyed in the face of one light desire. When a person’s desires overcome his intellect, he becomes an idiot... It is a daily occurrence that people who follow their desires do foolish things that will destroy them both in this world and the next.
We do not get good laws to restrain bad people. We get good people to restrain bad laws.
Every human soul has the germ of some flowers within; and they would open, if they could only find sunshine and free air to expand in. I always told you that not having enough of sunshine was what ailed the world. Make people happy, and there will not be half the quarreling, or a tenth part of the wickedness there is.