“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.”
“Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.”
“Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.”
“We cannot make events. Our business is wisely to improve them.”
“In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practised, and, both by precept and example, inculcated on mankind."
“If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.”
"We are now on this continent, to the astonishment of the world, three millions of souls united in one cause."
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